“Anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecutions."
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – President Barack Obama Tuesday laid out steps that the administration will take at an executive level to curb gun violence, promising a broader system for background checks for those who purchase firearms.
“Anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecutions,” Obama announced during remarks in the White House’s East Room.
Obama emphasized that this would apply to dealers who were previously exempt from background check requirements since they sold firearms online or through gun shows.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it over the internet of the gun show. It’s not where you do it, it’s what you do,” Obama said.
The President, who was flanked by gun violence survivors and relatives of shooting victims, said that the administration also planned on hiring additional personnel to process background checks in an effort to bring the system into the 21st century.
Beyond background checks, Obama also said that the administration would bring on 200 more Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents, craft solutions to improve gun safety technology and do more to prevent guns from being attained by domestic abusers.
Obama additionally pledged to do more on the mental health front, calling for $500 million to strengthen the mental health system and saying that mental health records will be entered into the background check system.
Noting that Congressional Republicans have often cited mental health as the primary root of mass shootings, Obama quipped that this was an opportunity for them to “put your money where your mouth is.”
Obama opened his remarks by trying to downplay the impact the new orders will have on responsible gun owners, emphasizing that background checks have historically been supported by both gun advocates and Republican lawmakers alike.
“Today, background checks are required at gun stores,” Obama said. “This is not seen as an infringement on the second amendment.”
Decrying the fear mongering that currently exists within conservative circles, Obama also promised that this was not a step toward gun confiscation.
“This is not a plot to take everyone’s guns,” Obama stated.