Okla. senator on president’s gun control proposals
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Obama announced Wednesday that there will be a mix between executive orders and legislation that will go through Congress to help stop gun violence in our country.
The president said he wanted to give law enforcement officials around the country the tools they needed to crack down on criminals obtaining guns illegally and to help improve the system that is used for background checks on gun owners.
During his announcement, President Obama called for mandatory background checks on all gun owners, which would include online purchases and sales at gun shows.
He also proposed a new assault weapons ban.
During his speech, the president announced 23 executive orders that would go into effect without Congress.
Those orders would improve the existing system for background checks, lift the ban on federal research into gun violence, put more resource officers into schools and improve access to mental health services.
While he said there is a lot left to do in Washington, he also called for public pressure saying “the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”
NBC News spoke with Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe on the president’s decision.
Sen. Inhofe says he believes he will probably support a lot of the executive orders but has yet to see them in their entirety at the time of the announcement.
He said, “It’s not going to be easy. I know legislation is going to be introduced and we’ll look at it when that happens.”