Details from Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control proposal are beginning to emerge. Biden met with gun control advocates, gun rights groups, and representatives from the entertainment realm last week. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the vice president stated that President Barack Obama can issue a gun control executive order to mandate the new recommendations.
Joe Biden’s gun control measures include 19 steps that President Obama can initiate via an executive order, according to CNN. Democratic Representative and gun violence task force member Mike Thompson had this to say about the details of Biden’s proposal:
“We met with the vice president yesterday and the vice president said we need a comprehensive package to put an end or help put an end to the gun violence. Congress is going to be important. It’s going to be a cooperative effort with the two branches of government.”
When discussing the measures President Obama had the power to initiate immediately, Thompson included the appointment of a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The agency has been without a permanent leader in that position for the past six years. Acting director B. Todd Jones is pulling double duty in the post; he is also the US attorney in Minnesota.
The gun violence task force member also stated that the president could demand that federal agencies provide information for background checks that accompany gun purchases. Thompson feels that such a move would make the gun buying reviews as “comprehensive and complete” as possible.
A ban on high-capacity magazine clips for semi-automatic weapons was noted as example of a gun control mandate which the task force felt would attract support from Republicans. Democrats claim that President Obama will not “step out of bounds” when using the power of his pen to sign executive orders, according to Newser.
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