Obama’s List of Executive Actions as Part of Anti-Gun Violence Plan

Jan Morgan

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The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

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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  • Health care people ( affordable health care act ) have no business knowing if I have guns or not.. same as I am sure they will volunteer personal info I as about their lives..

    • tank16a

      just say no to the doc no guns that’s your right to privacy they can’t grill you on it .

    • armedandsafe

      When looking for a Doctor, use a questionaire asking about his schooling, experience, specialty and “Do you own one or more guns?” Decide to hire him or not based on the answers you receive.

  • “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.

    Putting mr. fast & furious in charge of this is like having joey B come up with solutions to prevent mass murders.

    • Larry

      Exactly. Unbelievable, the whole Administration is a laughable circus.

  • BigSarge

    While on the surface it seems like a great fix, most of these measures are already in place. As fast as we lock up people in this country for minor drug charges, we should be able to flip the bill for more longer care mental hospital stays. And school counselors and private/state mental health counselors should be held accountable if a patient/student of theirs goes on one of these rampages. There are no such things as “Patient Confidentiality” when it comes to the safety of the masses.

  • Pat Puckett

    Sounds like a bunch of jibberish to me, and the only good part is saying we need to enforce existing laws. I doubt if doctors will ask about guns unless they think someone has a mental problem..but I don’t think the centers for disease control can find out more about mental health than is already known..

    • If the doctor asks me if I own guns and what kind, I will tell him that it’s none of his business. It has NOTHING to do with my healthcare.

      • bleufishcat

        Right but then doc gets a chip on his shoulder and treats you like crap.

        • Larry

          There are other Docs.

        • Uhh! A little common sense here please! If YOUR doctor becomes upset that you REFUSE to answer the question, simply say that you choose to have another doctor exam you, and since there seems to be issues between the two individuals, inform the ‘doctor’ that YOU will NOT be paying for his/her services, based on his/her line of questions. Now how hard is that?

          • bleufishcat

            Y’all are assuming you’ll have choices under Obamacare.

        • Conservativesniper

          Then get a new doctor.

      • Hehehe

        The GYN asks “do you have gun?” the patient says” This is a pelvic exam. I don’t think you have to worry about finding guns in there.”

    • Have you filled out a health history lately? I left about half of the last one that was handed to me blank because it was not health questions – it was fishing to see if you’d broken any laws. They are becoming government informants. And let’s just think about the fact that the center for disease control is tasked with the job of studying why a person would want to own a gun. When did gun ownership become a disease?

  • dab

    Their is nothing that I see will stop the crimmals

  • Putonyourthinkingcap

    I am glad the a great portion of it has to do with mental health, which is exactly where the problem lies with these mass shootings..Identify the people who need help before .As for some other points, AS long as #16 is voluntary, A good bit more is enforcing existing logs and for responsible gun ownership

  • Chellie

    I don’t see anything on here about “banning guns”. I see stuff about enforcing laws, background checks, and safety. Nowhere on here do I see anything about anyone taking anyone else’s gun.

    • Silly girl. The first step is data collection. Registration, background checks etc. so they know who has the guns and where they are. Just look at history, as recent as Austrailia then you will understand.

    • Bomephus

      Chellie, put #1 and #2 in the context of #4: They will have access to everyone’s medical records, then say anyone who has any “mental health issue” will be denied their 2nd Amendment Rights. The will broaden the scope of “mental health issue” to include almost all of us. Have you ever been treated for sleeplessness? …or been giving a prescription to something that ALSO is used to treat a mental health issue, even temporarily? #4 is a blank check to come up with any number of bogus reasons to deny people gun ownership.

      • Laura Stricklen

        More & more physical issues, like migraines, chronic pain, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis,insomnia, fibromyalgia, etc are being “treated” with anti-depressants. BUT if you apply for life insurance & you have a record of having taken anti-depressants, even though the medication had NOTHING to do with depression, you will be turned down for the life insurance because they assume the use of antidepressants for ANY reason equals suicidal. Now, take that same reasoning & apply it to your doctor asking if you own guns…then being forced to report that to the government. They will consider everyone to have “mental health issues” rather than take the time to find those who actually do. Like I said, it’s already an assumption with life insurance, so it’s not a far leap.

  • It’s a Joke, Not a Joke… IMPEACH the impostures swiftly!
    This is worst than Hitlers acts! Call your leaders and demand they stop these Acts!

  • Pete Miller

    13,14,16 … Some grey areas there …

  • radar

    To me, it seems that this is another tiny step to take away privacy and intrude the government into making determinations who is competent and who is not. Just as the Nazis and Stalin, they start using nice flowery language to woo the masses into thinking that they have their best interests at heart. The federal government has no right to be collecting or knowing any information on who has guns and who doesn’t. The perfect example of what happens to that information is what happened in New York with the printing of gun owners.

    While Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, ect. are great tragedies, there are everyday things go on that are tragic to someone and there is no possible way to live in a utopia.

    My one desire would be to kick all the career politicians out, get the laws in line with the Constitution and common sense,make it known that if you do not want to live under the law of the land but desire to change it to your own version of what you think then leave and go somewhere else that matches your values and ideals. Don’t try to change our Constitution and laws,so that your beliefs, values and morals are jammed down our throats.

    • Larry

      Exactly. Sticking the’re nose where it doesn’t belong. Less Freedoms and Rights. Even if you are diagnosed with Depression i bet it gets reported and would leave you without a right to buy a gun.

    • Fall From Grace

      I agree, one small step on the walk towards negating patient /doctor confidentiality. It also seems to me the politicians just want to agree with the other politicians, forgetting who they actually work for, “We the People.”

  • Ray

    seems like a lot of nothing. propose, direct, improve, publish, provide….a lot of “directives” with nothing that really does anything to protect anyone. A lot of gun laws are already on the books. Yes, enforce the laws, make sure that those that shouldn’t own guns (felons, mentally unsatable) don’t, but those are just common sense things that should be done anyhow. These “executive orders” are as meaningless as the intellectually dishonest hyporate that issued them.

    • Steve j

      If it actually gets to a signed, sealed and delivered executive order, from my limited understanding , that IS law until it is overturned.
      Did he actually sign any yet or is he still in the pre lim stage of this crap ?

  • #s 2,4, and 13 appear (to me) quite vague and more like a “blank check” to insert or make up whatever and whomever they want to fit inside the category. #16…how would knowing whether or not you have a gun in your home have any relevance on a medical diagnosis? Do guns cause heart disease now?

  • Pookiegram

    Chip, chip chipping away at our privacy and rights…more to follow.

  • as a criminal I’m so glad I will not be effected.

  • Paul of Alexandria

    Fairly innocuous, we’ll see what he tries to do behind the scenes.

    • Bomephus

      It looks pretty clear to me. Through 4 they will expand the list of reasons that will make you ineligible to have a gun. With 1, 2, 3, etc. they will have access to medical records to see if you have ever been prescribed anything that could be for a mental health issue, like sleeplessness, etc. so that when a background check is done, it will come back with a hit.

      • Larry

        Looks like this is what he plans to push thru with executive orders. I heard of another where a back ground check would be needed just to purchase ammo and that is a bunch of bs.

      • Steve j

        Agree. Everyone will be criminalized or declared “unfit”.

  • disqus_3qSpW5b6TU

    These orders are a waste of breath. They will just get information on common citizens. They will not help reduce gun crimes at all. obama and biden are stupid fucks.

  • James Weatherford

    Now we will have more Govenerment ATF Director !! Director Will have unlimited power as he sees fit.

  • Feel good do nothing EO’s. He and Biden know they do not have the votes in the Senate let alone the House to pass anything limiting weapons or magazine capacity. They will spread fear and apprehension to the uneducated population, just like they did during the election using lies and mis-information to try and gain control of the House at mid-term elections. We the People need to stand firm to keep this from happening

  • Jerry

    All of Obama’s chest thumping amounted to NOTHING! Freedom wins again!

  • What’s this crap about doctors asking about guns from their patients? That’s just total bs…none of their damn business!!

    • Larry

      I agree 100% I assume a head shrink will be required to report a persons mental problems so if they went to buy a gun they would be rejected when back ground check is done. As for any other dr knowing no it isn’t any of the’re business

  • ExNoZtoTheY

    10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

    Will E. Holder be on that list?

    I’m all for reviewing the mental health issue, but I’m far from trusting a gov. dept like the CDC to be the ones to do it.

    They already have their ways. Look at the Prepper who was known for his Youtube videos. The feds came in and deemed him not stable & removed his guns.

    So if that can already be done… what does this list do?

    • vernabc

      Hey c_ck roach, hanging with the “in-crowd” now are you? Do you get all warm and fuzzy talk’n bout all your conspiracy stuff with your home boys on these white boy sites? This is quite the website here… makes you feel all Maircan doesn’t it? And here I thought all you truthers and rednecks loved liberty and the constitution… But you only love America when it agrees with you… Nothing like losing an election to make you forget about a representative government…lol. So didn’t our founding fathers fight for liberty? Didn’t they agree on a constitution and a representative government? And didn’t we just have an election? And now, after the election, are not our representatives doing what they were elected to do..? Are they not suppose to represent the people that elected them (i.e., the majority???)? But it seems like there are a few sore losers on this site. Did I read something about “impeachment”..? Funny, he was elected by a majority and he is representing the majority, but now it seems like a minority is not happy…? Well, seems like you better go out an buy more guns because you have to protect the constitution…lol… You know, the same constitution that we used to elect President Obama (am I allowed to call him President on the website?) in the first place…

      And why I am here, I just need to ask you. One of the posts on here asked a question about whether these new restrictions would have had any effect on the shooting at Sandy Hook… Funny, I thought you said you and your buddies here all believed that the guvment killed all those kids… So why would anyone here question the new regulations..? Or is that just another start to another conspiracy?

      • ExNoZtoTheY

        hey look… I’ve been followed over here by my liberal troll tool!!

        You are a sad person Vernabc… don’t you have some Obama-nuts to go suck on?

        • vernabc

          Have you told everyone here you theories on Sandy Hook yet?
          LOL, you really have no clue what is going on do you? You are too self-absorbed with your hate and your NRA talking points, you have no idea what is taking place in this great country. You and your kind (i.e., truthers, birthers, NRA, white supremists, racist, angry, white, male) are dinosaurs, dude. You are on the verge of extinction (and irrelevancy) and you don’t even know it, but I guess that is how becoming instinct works, because the dinosaurs never saw it coming either… Remember the axiom, adapt or die? Well you and your kind are unable to adapt because you refuse to look in the mirror and “compromise” is the “C” word to you and your kind… With all your conspiracy theories (i.e., everything is the “guvments” fault) you have no ability to look at yourself… Blame and hate is all you have. The gun debate is a perfect example… You keep clinging to the 2nd amendment, when all the while everyone else knows that the 2nd amendment and gun control have coexisted for as long as citizen soldiers carried their muskets home from the battlefield… Look around dude, there is a whole debate going on, and you (i.e., the NRA) have not even been invited to the table…LOL… The NRA is a troll…LOL… Commercial after commercial making idiotic statements that are so far off the chart of rational thinking that they are being laughed at…LOL… Only you and your friends are listening… Talk about the definition of a “tool”…lol… But the NRA (i.e., gun companies) will continue to rally their base/support, as you keep buying more and more guns… Tool!!! LOL… Think about it tool… A national debate on gun violence and control and the NRA is a non-player!!! LOL… Talk about non-relevant… See you later alligator, or I mean dinosaur…LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rebecca

    Well how convenient. He executives ordered back into law all the stuff the NRA got removed from the healthcare bill because they knew it was a way for the government to take gun away from the citizens.

  • Bomephus

    So, in short it looks the first wave is being launched publicly here: a) Health agencies required to share data with Feds in violation of HIPAA. (1,2, 3, etc.) b) FFLs to get smart in doing background checks private deals, which are not required… YET (6) c) The reasons they can used to deny someone the right to have a gun is about to get much longer (4,14,16). Remember Jimmy Carter’s way of providing “incentive” for the states to adopt the 55mph speed limit (“Don’t do what we want and we’ll cut off your Federal funding”)? Be prepared for “voluntary” initiatives to become “mandatory” in practice. So, the rights of law-abiding citizens will be tread under foot while to criminals there is no change.

  • bleufishcat

    A lot of this is pretty vague. I’d say we’re screwed.

  • #14 is the CDC, The Federal Entity chosen to Regulate through “Cause and Prevention”
    This is how they well get around Congress.

  • Buck


  • #4 – Homeland security has already identified returning veterans, tea partiers, anyone who is taking steps to survive an event, potential terrorists. How veterans that are diagnosed with temporary PTSD, are they banned forever from owning a firearm. Of course, seniors, women, and children that support the tea party are desperate terrorists bent on violence and destruction (oh, that was OWS, but they are ok and just expressing their rights)

  • BREAKING: Chicago now completely safe from gun violence due to Obama executive order. Gangs give up and apply for jobs at JoAnn Fabrics.

  • Ummmmmmm…… where’s the part about not
    GIVING “assault” rifles to the drug cartels and fighter jets and tanks
    to the Muslim brotherhood so they can attack us and our allies with them????
    ALSO…. What the hell business is it of your doctor to know if you own a
    firearm?? If you are asked this question at the doctors office tell
    them to come visit you at 2 am and see for themselves.

  • Andy

    They keep saying that now they will require background checks on ‘virtually all’ gun buyers in the future. I’m sorry, but the many weapons I’ve purchased, I’m pretty sure I did some sort of background check for every one of them. The amount of paperwork is ridiculous and it’s no wonder the government doesn’t know who is who and are desperately trying to pass some sort of half-brained anti-gun legislation. Who is getting away with buying guns without having to do a background check? I know the bad guys are, for sure!

    • Larry

      They can’t stop the bad guy with this Malarkey, they will get guns either way. What i get out of this is they want to keep record of every gun and who owns it. If your gun is stolen and the bad guy uses to cause harm you will be responsible if it wasn’t reported stolen. But who knows they may still try to pin it on the owner saying it was neglect on his or her part. This is why i disagree with all of the bs.

  • cjgranda

    All this ass does is spend our money on bullcrap

  • Butch

    “We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.” – President Barack Obama January 16, 2013 11:53 EST. And who do we put in charge of 1/4 of these orders – Eric Holder. Leadership by example starts at the top and I believe Fast and Furious is still alive in my books. Letters to my congressman/Senator and also a tweet to Darrell Issa has already sent asking for the first example to be made.

  • Hey, it’s really quite simple here. If one would review events that have transpired in our recent past, you would see a trend of American’s being forced to sacrifice their identities, their privacy, their sanctuary, and their rights. Government creating laws to ‘legally’ acquire YOUR blood samples? Government access to YOUR medical records. Government access to YOUR lawyer’s files. Presidential ‘Executive Order’ making INDEFINITE DETAINMENT legal and WITHOUT CAUSE if ‘the government’ considers you a ‘threat’ to the nation, without any actual guidelines??????? Yeah, and over 50% of our nation’s Great Citizens voted for THIS guy? Seriously? That decision itself is a clear indication that our country is definitely OVER-MEDICATED! And don’t forget folks that, using Mr. Obama’s (I refuse to call him President) mindset, it’s THE SPOON that makes you FAT, not the one holding it! BAN SPOONS!

  • ken

    Lets start with a FULL background check with the “president” !!!!!!

    • bill

      Good Idea.

  • Allen

    It’s time we send Obama and congress a letter of grievances like the colonists sent the king of England, balance the debt and quit infringing on our rights, if its ignored, well then, what are we prepared to do!?

    • vernabc

      “It’s time we send Obama and congress a letter of grievances like the colonists sent the king of England”
      LOL… The difference is, the colonists did not have a say (i.e., “taxation without representation”), that is why the founding fathers fought and died, to create a representative form of government… We just had a Presidential election and Obama won with a clear majority vote… So do tell, what are you prepared to do?

      • Insist he be arrested for treason. If federal law enforcement doesn’t, we will. Many of us are well prepared not to lose our country to a tyrant. It’s better to die on our feet, than live on our knees.

        • vernabc

          LOL… You and who’s army? You and the other 5 or 6 skin heads on this website? You are irrelevant… Either step up to the plate, or get the hell out of the way…

  • Conservativesniper

    Number 9 is hilarious. Will this apply to the current murder investigation of Brian Terry?

  • Conservativesniper

    Please read this link, it makes a compelling argument for alternate treatment, besides SSRI’s for the treatment of mental conditions. Or, bring back asylums.
    What a bunch of crap. #9 is hilarious, will this EO be used in the investigation of the murder of Brian Terry?

  • Zepp

    As expected there was no mention of Hollywoods violent films or violent video games. So tired of this arrogant president trying to make law abiding gun owners out to be criminals.

    • Because most people know the difference between fiction and reality. If a parent doesn’t know their kid is playing violent video games hours and hours every day, that is serious neglect and indifference, and should lose custody of their kid.

  • Zepp

    As expected there’s nothing about violent movies or video games.

  • Philip Zepp

    As expected there’s nothing about violent movies or video games.

  • This is a shot across the bow. They want to see how far they can go