The White House is reportedly considering executive actions that would bypass the Republicans in Congress to implement gun control measures.
The Washington Post reports late Thursday that President Barack Obama is weighing an executive action that would increase the number of background checks. Under current law, private citizens who sell guns to other private citizens are not required to run background checks. Obama’s proposed action would change the definition of who is considered a “gun dealer” under the law to apply to more of these sellers.
The Obama administration considered the proposal two years ago in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, but it was shelved in favor of other executive actions. Obama instead pushed Congress to pass universal background checks, an effort that eventually failed.
The National Rifle Association naturally opposes the proposed executive action, with one spokeswoman telling the Post that it could “ensnare” private citizens participating in legal behavior.