Obama administration announces new gun control measures
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 19:08
New steps were announced that will help reduce the number of imported guns into the United States and strengthen background checks by Vice President Biden Thursday. The administration says that these steps are common sense implementations for having less gun violence in the US.
According to Associated Press, the measures will end the practice of private entities within the US importing military-grade weapons. This would include weapons sold or given to US allies and would not include certain parties like museums or the government from legally purchasing weapons abroad.
The Administration said that close to 250,000 gun imports were approved since 2005.
Background checks were targeted again, this time thwarting a loop hole that allowed those unable to legally register a weapon do so with a corporation or trust.
"It's simple, it's straightforward, it's common sense," Biden said. "It's a very artful dodge to get around people who are not capable, constitutionally or legally, of owning a weapon."
National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said that these steps were misguided and won't reduce gun violence.
"The administration should get serious about prosecuting violent criminals who misuse guns and stop focusing its efforts on law-abiding gun owners," he said.
The ATF have 90 days to evaluate and approve the new rules.