President Obama Looks To Use Executive Action To Close Gun Loopholes

| by Sean Kelly
President Barack Obama.President Barack Obama.

The Obama administration is looking to use executive action to close the "gun show loophole," which allows thousands of firearm purchases per year without a background check.

Republicans have continued to block efforts from Democrats to add gun control to a budget measure. Most recently, a proposal by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California that would stop individuals on the government’s no-fly list from buying guns was blocked in the Senate 54-45. 

The Senate also blocked a measure from Sens. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Patrick Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to tighten background checks by a 50 to 48 vote.

Despite blocks from Republicans, White House officials have continued to seek the expansion of background checks — with one option being to set a threshold for the number of guns a person is allowed to sell without obtaining a license.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Norwalk Reflector / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons