Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, January 16 2013 at 6:11 PM, Updated: Wed, January 16 2013 at 10:34 PM
It's the most sweeping change to firearms laws in nearly two decades.
President Obama's gun control plan includes four major legislative proposals and twenty-three executive actions most of which involve ordering directing agencies to do a better job of sharing information.
Some include "launching a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign"; Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes"; and to "Direct the Attorney General to issue a 'report' on the availability and most effective use of gun technologies."
The White House says while it may be difficult to get the proposals through Congress, the Obama administration with hold whatever weight it can to make it happen.
The president's plan includes reinstating an assault weapons ban that would stop the selling & production of high velocity assault weapons such as the AR-15, ban high capacity ammunition clips drums and strips and require *all gun sales to pass a background check. Currently, guns can be sold (at least in Oregon) without a background check so long as they're sold privately.
Gun sales at Oregon gun shows *do require a background check, but essentially two people can sell without any legal screening. (Licensed gun dealers must do a background check on all sales.)
The National Instant Criminal Background Check system began in 1996. It has stopped 1.5 million sales to felons, fugitives, convicted domestic abusers and others but today nearly 40% of all gun sales (private sales) are exempt from the system.
Across the country, gun enthusiasts are stocking up on weapons that may be banned like the AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle.
A gun which can fire a high velocity round accurately from a long distance be easily modified for tactical use. Opposition to the presidents action is forming at the same time the National Rifle Association is calling out the president's consistency.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.