Obama to take further action on gun background checks

Barack Obama to expand background checks on gun sales as well as introduce new measures

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US President Barack Obama on a news conference at the White House in Washington on December 18, 2015

US President Barack Obama is planning to expand gun control by introducing new measures on gun possession as well as introducing extensive background checks before gun sales take place.

The proposals could begin to be enacted next week. According to the proposals, even small gun owners would need licences and people who lose their guns would be obligated to report to the authorities, Reuters reported.

However, the plan is still on the way to being implemented and could be dealyed, people familiar with the White House said. Even so, it is expected that the announcement of the measures will take place during Obama's annual State of the Union address, planned for Jan. 12.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama expressed urgency after gun incidents of gun violence have increased the country.

"It is complicated. That's why it's taken some time for our policy folks, our lawyers, and our experts to work through this and see what's possible," Schultz said.

The Connecticut elementary school massacre as well as mass shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino, California, have led Obama to push even further for greater gun controls.

However, the Senate rejected a past proposal on the issue.

Despite tgat, Obama said that he will use "whatever power this office holds" to pass gun control measures since Congress has not taken much action.

TRTWorld and agencies