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December 11, 2015 | Fox News and The Associated Press
Advisers to President Barack Obama reportedly are finalizing a proposal to expand background checks on would-be gun buyers without congressional approval.
The AP reported that White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told a Wednesday night vigil for victims of the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. that Obama had asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review "in short order."
After October's mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., Obama said his team was looking for ways to tighten gun laws without a vote in Congress. White House officials have said they're exploring closing the so-called "gun show loophole" that allows people to buy weapons at gun shows and online without a background check.
Obama has repeatedly called for tighter gun controls in the wake of mass shooting during his administration. In the wake of last week's terror attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA.. Obama called on Congress to approve a bill to keep people on the no-fly list from buying guns. Gun rights advocates oppose the proposal because they say it violates the rights of people who have not been convicted of a crime.
On Thursday, the House rejected an attempt by Democrats to force a vote on the issue. A Senate version of legislation preventing suspected terrorists from being allowed to buy firearms from licensed gun dealers was voted down last week.
Also Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed Thursday to use an executive order to ban gun sales to those on federal no-fly watch lists.
However, despite repeatedly calls for gun control by Democrats at the state and federal level, gun sales have repeatedly spiked after mass shooting incidents.
The FBI said last week that it processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the busy shopping time the day after Thanksgiving. The agency processed 185,345 background checks. roughly two per second.
The previous record for the most background checks in a single day was Dec. 21, 2012, about a week after the Newtown shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were shot to death. The week following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary saw the processing of 953,613 gun background checks.
Source: Fox News
Tuesday, January 5 2016 | By Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura, The Washington Post
In a speech that veered from weepy to outraged and even comic, the president said his decision to exercise his executive authority — a move that has infuriated many Republicans — was an effort to prevent further violence and bring the country together on a divisive issue. READ MORE
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November 13, 2015 - Cook County (Illinois) commissioners are seeking to burden federally licensed firearms businesses and law-abiding citizens with no positive impact on public safety, despite rhetoric to the contrary. Ordinance 15-6469, the Firearm Ammunition Tax, would be effective June 1, 2016, and would impose a tax on the retail purchase of ammunition. Centerfire ammunition would be taxed at a rate of $0.05 per cartridge while rimfire ammunition would be taxed at a rate of $0.01 per cartridge. In Illinois, only holders of a FOID card are legally allowed to purchase ammunition, and so would be the only ones subject to the tax, not the criminals causing violence in some neighborhoods in Chicago.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is one the sponsors of the proposed ordinance that was scheduled for a hearing today (Friday) before the Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee. Cook County residents should contact the board of commissioners and respectfully urge them to oppose this onerous and misguided proposal. NSSF will oppose this ordinance and keep you informed of developments.
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Facebook Says No To Gun Sales
SAN FRANCISCO | January 30, 2016| ASSOCIATED PRESS
Facebook is cracking down on online gun sales, announcing its new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world's largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook's photo-sharing service Instagram.FOR MORE