Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the administration would add two measures to the list of 23 gun control steps President Barack Obama can take on his own, without the approval of Congress.
The first measure closes a loophole that allows felons to register guns to corporations or trusts, which allows them to circumvent background checks. This measure means people associated with those corporations or trusts will have to undergo finger printing and background checks just like an individual buying a gun.
In 2012, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received 39,000 requests to register guns to corporations or trusts.
The other gun measure, sure to anger some gun collectors, would curb the import of military surplus weapons. Under current policy, military weapons donated by the U.S. to allies can be reimported to the U.S. by private entities. Since 2005, the White House said, 250,000 guns have been reimported.
Now only museums and other entities like the government will able to reimport military-grade firearms.
The National Rifle Associated was critical of both measures.
"Requiring background checks for corporations and trusts does not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals,” the NRA said in a statement. “Prohibiting the re-importation of firearms into the U.S. that were manufactured 50 or more years ago does not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. This administration should get serious about prosecuting violent criminals who misuse guns and stop focusing its efforts on law-abiding gun owners.”
Congress has not passed any control legislation in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last December.