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Obama to Take 23 'Executive Actions' on Guns
Obama to Take 23 'Executive Actions' on Guns

The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will take 23 "executive actions" to deal with guns. The "executive actions," as introduced and written by the White House, are:

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1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign. 

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety

Commission). 

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns

recovered in criminal investigations. 

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it

widely available to law enforcement. 

11. Nominate an ATF director. 

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper

training for active shooter situations. 

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime. 

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to

research the causes and prevention of gun violence. 

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective

use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop

innovative technologies. 

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients

about guns in their homes. 

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits

them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities. 18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations. 

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental

health.

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