Yesterday, President Obama released the details of his plan to combat gun violent. While many were expecting an aggressive approach to gun control using executive orders, the reality fell far short of those expectations.
Republican insiders report that the backlash to Obama's gun control plan was so intense that he had to back down from his original plan. There was also harsh criticism that Obama would consider attempting to use executive orders as a power grab, usurping the constitutionally mandated powers of the Legislative branch.
His announcement contained 23 'executive actions' that his Administration will take. The complete list "executive actions" is included below:
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
- Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
- Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
- Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure that dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
- Propose rule making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
- Publish a letter from BATFE to federally licensed firearms dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
- Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
- Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes.
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
- Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost or stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
- Nominate an BATFE director.
- Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
- Maximize efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
- Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of the new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
- Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
- Release a letter to health-care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law-enforcement authorities.
- Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
- Develop model emergency-response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
- Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental-health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
- Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
- Commit to finalizing mental-health-parity regulations.
- Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.