Obama tightens gun rules, requires more background checks

By REUTERS
January 5, 2016 06:09

 
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WASHINGTON - The White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves President Barack Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval.

Obama, speaking to reporters before the measures were made public, said they were consistent with the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

"These are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they're also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support," Obama said during a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other advisers.

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