Time: 11:24 a.m. CEST Update: 12:07 p.m. CEST
People familiar with the White House activities said to CNN that President Barack Obama could announce new executive action to expand background checks on gun sales. On January 1, CNN writes that plans are not yet in the final stage and that unpredicted circumstances could influence on the time for the announcement.
In the radio address published on Friday, Obama explained the need for unilateral action because Congress had failed to address the problem of gun violence.
“A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence,” he said in the recorded address. “And on Monday, I’ll meet with our Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.”
As CNN reported, gun control advocates expect the new action by the President before Obama’s last State of the Union address, scheduled for January 12, 2016. Jim Acosta talked to the White House spokesman Eric Schultz, who said the President expected to decide on the unilateral action at the beginning of the year.
Republican controlled Congress would need to act and to make background checks universal. Under current Federal law all individuals “engaged in the business” of selling guns to have a license and make background checks on buyers. However, “others who only make occasional sales or are selling firearms from a personal collection are exempted from the background check requirement, ” says CNN.
A group related to Michael Bloomberg, Everytown for Gun Safety, gave recommendations to the White House, including a test for assessing who can have a license to continue with selling guns. CNN explains, “the group also recommended Obama define a gun in a ‘personal collection’ as having been in the seller’s possession for at least a year.” Obama met with Bloomberg before the winter vacation in Hawaii.