The White House has been threatening recently to issue an executive order tightening restrictions on gun buyers, and now President Obama has met with perhaps the biggest anti-gunner of them all, Michael Bloomberg.
Obama has met with a series of gun control advocates in recent weeks, according to this story from CNN, while aides prepare what is expected to be an order to expand background checks and close the “gun show loophole.”
It hasn’t been revealed when exactly this order is intended to be given.
The story points out that, as the White House’s work continues, a new survey has shown most Americans oppose a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
The CNN story says Obama and Bloomberg “discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America.”
After the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connceticut in 2012, Bloomberg started Everytown for Gun Safety, which evolved from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group Blooomberg started while serving as mayor of New York City in 2006. Everytown pushes for new gun laws in cities and states throughout the U.S.
The story gives a good explanation of what exactly Obama can do with an executive action:
“Obama could alter the government’s definition of who is “in the business” of selling guns, expanding it to include private dealers and others who can currently sell without completing a background check,” the story says.
The story goes on to point out that, if Obama moves forward with an executive action, it would certainly be challenged in court by Republicans and groups like the NRA.
Any executive action performed by Obama can be overturned by his successor.
A WashingtonPost/ABC News survey recently showed 45 percent of respondents back a ban on so-called assault weapons, which is a sharp decline from decades ago, when that number was closer to 80 percent.