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.
- Address legal barriers in health laws that bar some states from
making available information about people who are prohibited from
- Improve incentives for states to share information with the
background check system.
- Make sure that federal agencies share relevant information with
the background check system.
- Direct the attorney general to work with other agencies to
review existing laws to make sure they can identify individuals who
shouldn't have access to guns.
- Direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other
research agencies to conduct research into the causes and
prevention of gun violence.
- Clarify that no federal law prohibits doctors or other health
care providers from contacting authorities when patients threaten
to use violence.
- Give local communities the opportunity to hire up to 1,000
school resource officers and counselors.
- Require federal law enforcement to trace all recovered
- Propose regulations that will enable law enforcement to run
complete background checks before returning firearms that have been
- Direct the Justice Department to analyze information on lost
and stolen guns and make that information available to law
- Provide training for state and local law enforcement, first
responders and school officials on how to handle active-shooter
- Make sure every school has a comprehensive emergency management
- Help ensure that young people get needed mental health
- Ensure that health insurance plans cover mental health
- Encourage development of new technology to make it easier for
gun owners to safely use and store their guns.
- Have the Consumer Product Safety Commission assess the need for
new safety standards for gun locks and gun safes.
- Launch a national campaign about responsible gun