Skip to comments.Two New Executive Orders Will Change Who Can Buy Guns
Posted on 01/03/2014 2:57:42 PM PST by lbryce
The White House issued two executive actions on Friday that aim to beef up background checks for would-be gun buyers and keep the weapons away from those at risk of harming themselves or others.
The first order, proposed by the Department of Justice, more clearly defines who cannot possess a handgun under federal law due to mental health issues. It is designed to clarify the language of the current law by providing better definitions for phrases like what it means to be "committed to a mental institution." This, in turn, will provide a more well-rounded picture of a potential buyer's mental health for the background check to determine whether a purchase should be allowed.
The second executive action concerns privacy laws associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. States have complained that individual privacy protections have made it difficult for them to report relevant mental health information to their respective background check systems, which they fear could lead to guns falling into dangerous hands. The proposed change would allow states to relay "limited" tidbits of information that they feel should be included in background checks. The executive order stresses that it will not prevent everyone with mental health concerns from buying guns, and will not require buyers to report "routine mental health care."
Too many Americans have been severely injured or lost their lives as a result of gun violence,"
Too many Americans have been severely injured or lost their lives as a result of gun violence," the order reads. "While the vast majority of Americans who experience a mental illness are not violent, in some cases when persons with a mental illness do not receive the treatment they need, the result can be tragedies such as homicide or suicide."
The debate over gun regulation in America has always been a hotly contested one, but it erupted in December 2012 following a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 27 dead, including 20 kids, six adults and the gunman. President Barack Obama called for extensive gun control measures, including expanded background checks, but Congress has not passed any legislation since the attack. In the text of the executive orders, the White House continues to urge Congress to consider further gun control measures.
"Passing common-sense gun safety legislation including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime remains the most important step we can take to reduce gun violence," the order reads.
The government is concerned for its citizenry and want to protect the people they love.
Limiting access to guns. Well, it worked successfully to diminish, eliminate civilian response to government oppression in other fascist regimes that the current dictatorship is bent on emulating.
How many lives will be cut short because of 0bamacare?
They should background check Obama’s sons first.
None of this gun control BS has worked in the past, so by all means, pass some more.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
The first order, proposed by the Department of Justice, more clearly defines who cannot possess a handgun under federal law due to mental health issues.
Is this a constitutional order?????
Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.
The US House of Representatives is analogous to a Police Force - - - they arrest the perp by Impeaching the perp.
The US Senate is analogous to a Jury of Peers who have the power to throw the Impeached perp off of the taxpayer gravy train, take away his residence, ban him from building a Library paid for by us, and ban him from using his personal Corporate Jet, Air Force One.
Most RINO Americans want to wait, Wait, WAIT! until they control the House, the Senate and the White House.
To those weak-kneeded summer soldier patriots I say Enjoy the Obamanation that you have tolerated since January, 2009.
In similar manner, we Summer Soldier Conservatives continue to tolerate a wimpy, hand-wringing, sobbing, crybaby Speaker of the House Boehner as our sorry chief policeman.
Oh, if only my best friends across the aisle would just play nicey nice - - - is the perfect quote that fire-in-the-belly Socialist-Democrats love to hear from their doormat, cowardly, Obamacrat RINOs.
Yes indeed, as long as we WAIT for things to be PERFECT we will never attack those whose goal is to destroy the US Constitution.
Suck it up you sorry House RINOs, and replace John Benghazi Coverup Boehner with SC Rep Trey Gowdey, or SC Rep Joe Wilson.
Without a fire-in-the-belly Republican Speaker of the House, Obamacrat RINOs will continue to cave in to their best friends across the aisle, to the unbridled glee of every Democrat voter in America!
Pretend that you are fighting to enforce the US Constitution, House RINOs.
Fight or go home, House RINOs.
FIGHT or we will send you home!
Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.
“Mental health concerns” will eventually mean “anyone who pisses-off a government official.” Whatever abuse could occur Will occur. That is the way of all law when Leftists are involved. Laws are always stretched to the point of absurdity.
Nobody cares about these orders. Carry on
[ The first order, proposed by the Department of Justice, more clearly defines who cannot possess a handgun under federal law due to mental health issues.
Is this a constitutional order????? ]
They will slip in people with supposed ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) as people from the tea party and libertarians...
Stalin used mental health as a good excuse to send people who disagreed with him to the gulag...
If the author wants to say something, he/she should simply say it. There are no “tidbits” and particulars in the piece.
All conservatives are depressed because of 0bama. Therefore no conservatives will be allowed to keep and bear arms. The IRS will make all final determinations.
The “Brown Clown” is a TOTAL a$$ hat!
Both are unconstitutional.