A New Federal Gun Trafficking Law

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Politics, somewhat current
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POLITICO Breaking News
01/15/2013 22:06 EST (expires: 01/15/2013 23:06 EST)
The White House told gun-control advocates Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging gun control proposals will include a new federal gun trafficking law — long sought by big-city mayors as a way to keep out-of-state guns off their streets. The proposal, which has not been discussed in detail by the White House up until now, will be unveiled Wednesday, along with Obama’s call for universal background checks for all new gun purchases, as well as new bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, according to a person who was in the room for the presentation to gun control advocates.

Bruce Reed, chief of staff to guns task force leader Vice President Joe Biden, told a meeting that the proposals to be unveiled at a White House event Wednesday morning will come with three prongs: legislation to reduce gun availability and executive actions to address education and mental health. Among the areas those executive actions would address are anti-bullying measures and additional training for school counselors and mental health professionals.

The White House is expecting legislation to be introduced by members of Congress as early as next week.

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