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.