Task force pushes for tougher gun laws
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The White House continues to release more information about President Obama’s plans for gun control to prevent more mass shootings in the future.
It is expected the president will demand a ban on assault weapons as early as Wednesday.
The task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, recommended a major tightening of gun laws.
The president’s plan would ban assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and begin universal background checks.
That part of the plan would end the exemptions for sales at gun shows and online.
Yesterday, President Obama acknowledged that some of those changes would not be approved but it seems the NRA is losing its footing as many Americans now approve of such a ban.
Rep. Nita Lowey, (D) New York, said, “Wake up and understand the American people are fed up!”
Many Republicans say they will fight any new ban on guns.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, (R) Kansas, said, “Let’s talk about mental health issues. Let’s talk about enforcement of current law, gun law. Let’s talk about violence glorified by Hollywood.”
While Congress battles it out, the president also plans an executive action to order a crackdown on gun buyers who lie on background checks.
That action may also improve the data bases that those checks depend on.
New York is the first state to recently create tougher gun laws, many that mirror the president’s plan.
The fight is far from over.
One new House Republican claims he’ll push to have the president impeached if assault weapons are banned.