Gun control has become even more of a prevalent topic for debate. President Obama has made clear throughout his terms of being president that he wants changes made regarding gun control. Over the past several years since Sandy Hook, Charleston, S.C. shooting, and other violent domestic gun crimes it is clear something needed to be changed. President Obama could not agree more. He has made it clear he wants to tighten the current gun laws to ensure as much safety as possible without taking away the American citizen right to bear arms.
The NRA National Rifle Association and other firearm enthusiasts hold many gun shows throughout the year. At these gun shows one is able to easily purchase guns from private sellers. This enables anyone of those buyers to purchase a gun just based on the private sellers discretion. As long as the seller does not know or has reasonable cause to believe that the buyer would be prohibited purchase of a firearm then they can sell to that buyer. So in essence that would pretty much allow anyone to be able to purchase a firearm at a gun show. You can see why that doesn’t settle right with people. When purchasing a firearm at a store location or any other FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder it is a law that there must be a record kept and proper background check of the person purchasing the firearm. So why does this not include gun show sales. Well just like other systems there are always loopholes to be found. Unfortunately the loopholes here are regarding weapons.
Some states in the past year have taken it upon themselves and have initiated stricter gun laws. States like Connecticut and Washington, D.C. have gone above the federal law regulations when it comes to background checks. So what does this executive action initiated by President Obama change?
- All sellers of firearms are required to have a license and must complete background checks no matter where the firearms are sold. This is a way to keep guns out of the wrong hands by completion of proper background checks. More examiners will be hired to help with background checks. Having background checks available 24/7 and alert local police when someone who isn’t prohibited to purchase a firearm tries to.
- Intends to make communities safer from gun violence. Two hundred new jobs created to help with enforcement of gun laws. To help encourage and educate gun safety and laws surrounding it.
- Help increase mental health treatment with a proposed $500 million dollars. Since many of the mass shooting were blamed on mental illness by politicians Obama set up a plan.
- Ensure gun safety. Obama believes that with technology a decrease in accidental and intentional gun crimes would happen. Allowing the only person to unlock a gun for use is the gun owner themselves.
Many believe that these stricter gun laws are going to limit people and test the constitution. Many presidential candidates have said that if elected they would remove the executive action taken by President Obama. Of course the majority of those candidates are Republicans.