Two New Executive Gun Control Actions

Last Thursday the Obama administration announced two additional executive actions intended to curb gun violence, in addition to the 23 recommended by Vice President earlier this year.

According to a White House press release, one action would require individuals associated with trusts or corporations acquiring what the government deems "the most dangerous weapons" like short-barreled shotguns and machine guns, to undergo background checks. At present, individuals receiving weapons registered to a trust or corporation do not have to undergo background checks.

The second proposal recommends denying requests from private entities to bring "military-grade" firearms back into the United States. Presently, private parties can import military-grade firearms sold to U.S. allies back into the U.S. without approval. According to the release, since 2005, nearly 250,000 military-grade weapons have been reimported into the U.S. by private parties.