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March 4, 2015

Can Obama Act Unilaterally on Gun Control?

Vice President Biden, who is heading up the White House’s policy response to recent mass shootings, indicated that there are a number of executive actions available to President Obama if Congress fails to act, according to Reuters.

Although Biden didn’t discuss specifics, “Obama could issue orders to improve background checks on gun buyers, ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers. Other executive orders could improve information sharing among law enforcement authorities about illegal gun purchases, and maintain data on gun sales for longer periods.”

Jamie Dupree looks at recent examples of gun-related executive orders used by President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton: “it would seem like the White House could only nibble around the edges of this debate with executive orders.”

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