Obama executive action on guns to require background checks for more sales
President Obama on Tuesday will formally announce plans to expand background checks and make other changes to America’s gun rules via executive action, going around Congress and fueling allegations of executive overreach.
At the centerpiece of Obama’s plan is a more sweeping definition of gun dealers that the administration hopes will expand the number of gun sales subject to background checks. At gun shows, websites and flea markets, sellers often skirt that requirement by declining to register as licensed dealers, but officials said new federal guidance would clarify that it applies to anyone “in the business” of selling firearms.
Obama’s actions, detailed by the White House Monday, mark a renewed bid by the president to enact gun control measures with or without Congress.