"WASHINGTON -- Half a year after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Obama administration is set to release a series of reforms to the current gun law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions -- and not an actual bill -- are expected to be handed to Congress.
Administration officials were coy on the specifics, from the reforms the Department of Justice would recommend or when it would actually make those recommendations.
"The president directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights," Carney said at Thursday's briefing. "That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues and we expect to have more specific announcements in the near future."
Just how near? Carney would only say "not far in the future." Another administration official said weeks would be an appropriate measurement..."
I'm not an Obama basher, but one major problem I have with him is his lack of communication skills. He is terrible about giving press conferences, taking questions, or putting out information in a timely manner. This kind of news just makes me and probably most gun owners extremely nervous. The only Obama-admin policy we've seen on guns has been the secretive and disastrous ATF operation. So what's in store for us now?
I predict that most of the proposed
reforms will be pretty mild. But, I've seen some dumb solutions come out of this (and every) administration. I could see some requirements for background checks at gun shows. That wouldn't be a problem if there was actually a system that private citizens could use free of charge. Actually, the more I think of it, it seems that whatever the president suggests will probably be bad news for gun owners. He has no experience with gun issues, is from a gun hating state, etc. Perhaps we'll see proposals for banning larger magazines, assault rifles, or other similarly "scary" but patently useless measures.
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