The White House Press Office published a “fact sheet” late Monday describing the executive actions President Obama intends to sign to “reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.”

They cover four areas: Expanding the background check system, increasing the role of the ATF, increasing there reporting and treatment of mental health disorders, and promoting smart gun technology.

Background Check System:

Dealers that make a living by buying and selling firearms, whether from a storefront, on the Internet or at gun shows, must be licensed and conducting background checks.

Those who purchase weapons through trusts, corporations and other legal entities will require background checks.

He will increase staff to make the background check system more effective.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:

The president proposes expanding the role of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in an effort to enforce gun laws, and is asking for a budget increase for an additional 200 ATF agents for this purpose. He also wants ATF agents to track illegal gun sales through a proposed Internet Investigation Center.

Mental Health:

The president will Increase mental health treatment and reporting to the background check system, including:

One, “dedicate significant new resources to increase access to mental health care,” including a $500 million budget increase for this purpose.

Two, “include information from the Social Security Administration in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

And third, to “remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing States from reporting relevant information to the background check system.”

Smart Gun Technology:

Finally, the president proposes that the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security increase the research into gun safety technology such as smart guns and promote its use.


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