Washington, Jan. 17 (ANI): President Barack Obama’s plan to address gun violence in the US has been met with swift and stiff resistance by gun rights advocates and conservative lawmakers.
Obama has called for a new, tougher assault weapons ban and a 10-round limit on magazines.
He has also called for a new legislation to bar the possession of armor-piercing bullets and require criminal background checks for nearly all gun sales, Fox news reports.
Separately, he has also approved 23 executive actions while calling for additional funding to address mental health and school security.
The move comes in the wake of last month’s school massacre in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.
Objecting to Obama’s proposal, several lawmakers said the president’s proposals in large part would not have prevented a shooting like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
They accused the president of glossing over potential factors like the entertainment industry and the country’s mental health system, making clear that the legislative proposals could face an uphill climb, the report said.
Senator Charles Grassley, Republican-Iowa, said the proposals would merely invite ‘drawn-out court battles’.
In a written statement, Texas Governor Rick Perry said that ‘guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons, and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.’
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat-California, who intended to introduce a gun-control package next week including an assault-weapons ban, on Wednesday praised the president’s announcement.
The president, immediately after making his remarks, signed nearly two-dozen executive actions, a step that has stirred objections from lawmakers who have warned Obama not to overstep his bounds, the report said.
Obama also wants to commit four billion dollars in hiring more police officers and to pass new gun trafficking laws to explicitly prohibit straw purchasing, the report added. (ANI)