Proposals for curbing gun violence announced Wednesday, January
16, 2013, by President Barack Obama.
NEEDS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION:
Requiring background checks on all gun
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence says 40 percent of gun sales are conducted with no
criminal background check, such as at gun shows and by private
sellers over the Internet or through classified ads. Obama said
there should be exceptions for cases like certain transfers among
family members and temporary transfers for hunting purposes.
Reinstating the assault weapons ban.
A 10-year ban on high-grade,
military-style weapons expired in 2004. Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nev., says such a ban might clear the Senate but
doubts it could get through the House.
Renewing a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition
Prohibiting the possession, transfer, manufacture and
import of dangerous armor-piercing bullets.
Senate confirmation of a director for the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The agency has been run by an acting
director, Todd Jones, whom Obama will nominate to become
New gun trafficking laws penalizing people who help
criminals get guns.
A California lawmaker asserts that a tax initiative passed by
voters that is said to raise funds for public education won't give
schools the money they need.