As anticipated, President Barack Obama unveiled his sweeping gun control package Wednesday, only instead of issuing the anticipated 19 executive orders, he delivered 23 presidential fiats that include an assault weapons ban, outlawing ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets and requiring background checks for every gun buyer in America.
New York became the first state to enact new firearms laws in the wake of December's Newtown school shootings when the State Assembly on Tuesday ratified Monday's Senate endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun-control bill.
Vice President Joe Biden will recommend new gun control measures to President Barack Obama which will include more comprehensive background checks and limits on ammunition magazine capacities, but will not feature a proposed assault weapons ban.
The National Rifle Association and other gun owners' groups are calling on New Yorkers to contact their state legislators to halt Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun control proposal.
The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist, James J. Baker, will attend Vice President Joe Biden's gun violence task force meeting at the White House on Thursday.
The first 10 bills introduced into the 113th Congress on Jan. 3 were all gun-related and the Obama administration is hinting it may by-pass Congress and exert executive privilege to impose new federal gun laws and regulations.
An article in Sunday's Washington Post maintains that Vice President Joe Biden's gun-control taskforce is reviewing a range of executive actions that could allow President Obama to impose restrictions in firearms laws and regulation by fiat.
Gun control proponents have long advocated for laws requiring gun owners to purchase liability insurance for their legally owned firearms, similar to what automobile owners must have.
Moments after being sworn in Thursday as members of the newly minted 113th Congress, Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) staged a press conference to formally introduce their proposed High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, setting the stage for what could be a stormy winter of legislative initiatives by gun-control proponents.
It's no surprise, but now it's official: The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that it conducted 19.6 million instant background checks on Americans wishing to buy firearms in 2012, almost 20 percent more than in 2011 and an all-time record.
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