“Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer”

President Addressing Weapon Safety: Link New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer

To me this is “mostly” a reiteration of what is already out there for law with restrictions plus some enhancements. President Obama appears to be calling for enforcement of what is already there for law. There are adders such as linking Social Security to NICS, allowing HIPAA restrictions to be viewable by NICS, additional funding for mental health, more staffing in critical areas, internet tracking, “smart-weapon” technology, etc. much of which depends upon funding by Congress. I do not see these enhancements as any more restrictive than what is in place today.

Just so you know and before you comment to this post; please recognize, I shoot bullet-spewing-weapons and I am X-military who has been to a war. Spare me the diatribe and the rant. I do not care about prying the weapon from your dead hands or your anecdotal information on who done what down the street. In my opinion doing nothing today and into the future is not going to fly forever and will only lead to something else far harsher being crammed down your and my throat later.

I believe I have captured the 4 points from President Obama’s Executive Order and the associated data below.

1. Keep guns out of the wrong hands through background checks.

– Where ever business is conducted — from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet; if you are in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.

– No specific threshold number of firearms purchased or sold that triggers the licensure requirement.
– Even a few transactions can be sufficient to establish that a person is “engaged in the business.”
– Without the required license, subject to criminal prosecution and can be sentenced up to five years in prison and fined up to $250,000.
– Dealers are also subject to penalties for failing to conduct background checks before sales.

– Require background checks for people trying to buy some of the most dangerous weapons and other items through a trust, corporation, or other legal entity.

– Individuals have been able to avoid the background check requirement by applying to acquire these firearms and other items through trusts, corporations, and other legal entities. The number of these applications has increased over the years — from fewer than 900 applications in the year 2000 to more than 90,000 applications in 2014.

– Sent a letter to States highlighting the importance of receiving complete criminal history.

– Overhauling the background check system to make it more effective and efficient. Improvements include processing background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and improving notification of local authorities when certain prohibited persons unlawfully attempt to buy a gun. FBI will hire ~ 230 additional examiners and other staff to help process these background checks.

2. Make our communities safer from gun violence.

– Federal prosecutors to continue to focus on smart and effective enforcement of our gun laws.

– FY2017 budget will include funding for 200 new ATF agents and investigators to help enforce our gun laws.

– Establish an Internet Investigation Center to track illegal online firearms trafficking and is dedicating $4 million and additional personnel to enhance the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.

– Dealers who ship firearms must notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen in transit.

– Encourages every U.S. Attorney’s Office to renew domestic violence outreach efforts and prohibited persons from obtaining firearms.

3. Increase mental health treatment and reporting to the background check system.

While individuals with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators, incidents of violence continue to highlight a crisis in America’s mental health system. In addition to helping people get the treatment they need, we must make sure we keep guns out of the hands of those who are prohibited by law from having them.

– Proposes a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care.

– Social Security Administration has indicated that it will begin the rule-making process to include information in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm for mental health reasons is reported to NICS.

– Finalizes a rule to remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing States from reporting relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health reasons. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule expressly permitting certain HIPAA covered entities to provide to the NICS limited demographic and other necessary information about these individuals.

4. Shape the future of gun safety technology

– Directs the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology to reduce the accidental discharge of weapons.

– Directs the departments to review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis, and to explore potential ways to further its use.

Like I said, most of this is old stuff which you have had to live with already. Maybe it is time to enforce it more rigorously.