President Barack Obama's administration is finalizing an executive action proposal that will bypass Congress to expand background checks for gun purchases.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told a national gun violence vigil in Washington on the evening of Dec. 9 that the president "has directed his team in short order" to complete a document detailing "what more the administration can do on its own to save lives from gun violence," notes the Guardian.
"Those recommendations will include making sure we do everything we can to keep guns out of the wrong hands, including those expanded background checks," Jarrett explained, according to the Guardian.
After October's mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Obama suggested that he would attempt to bypass Congress to strengthen gun laws. Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, confirmed on Dec. 10 that advisers had been reviewing the proposal for "the past couple of months."
Now, Earnest said, people are calling for gun control reform more than ever.
“These are essentially recommendations that the president has asked for from his staff based on their review of available executive authority,” Earnest told reporters.
White House officials said that, in particular, they hope to reform what many people call a "gun show loophole" that bypasses background checks.
Shortly after the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Congress recently voted down two gun control proposals that would have expanded background checks for guns purchased online and at gun shows and prevented individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms, reports the Washington Post.
“The working assumption of this ongoing review is that Congress hasn’t acted and that’s been the source of immense frustration on the part of the president,” Earnest said, according to the Guardian. “So given the congressional inaction, the question that’s been raised is what more can the Obama administration do, and that’s the substance of this review.”
“We have been actively engaged with leaders across the country about steps they can take to protect their communities from gun violence,” he added.