Joe Biden Panel Mulls Gun-Control Measures That Could Be Imposed by Presidential Order

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.

According to the Post, Biden's taskforce is considering measures that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.

With the Senate and the House log-jammed in debate over spending and debt for at least the next three months, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said Sunday that any talk of gun legislation would likely have to take a back seat.

But Biden's panel is reportedly looking at measures that can be implemented by presidential order without Congressional approval because, according to the Post, Obama wants "swift action while the public remains outraged" over the Dec. 15 Newtown shooting.