With the possibility of Congress taking up the issue of gun control being virtually zero, the Obama Administration has announced that a new team is working on a new set of possible executive orders that President Obama could execute to further control guns at the national level.
According to Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the White House Press Briefing on Monday:
“The president has frequently pushed his team to consider a range of executive actions that could more effectively keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have access to them. That’s something that is ongoing here.” […]
“I don’t have anything to announce at this point, but we certanly welcome the kind of debate that Secretary Clinton is continuing.” […]
“I don’t have a lot of details to provide you in terms of the work that’s being done by the President’s team to do this scrub of the available authorities that the president may have to address gun violence. But that is ongoing work and if there are any conclusions that are arrived at that the President agrees with then we will announce it publicly.” […]
“They are continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also with others who may have ideas about what steps could be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
Obama is likely feeling pressured by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has recently said, if elected, she will enact far stricter and far further reaching executive orders on gun control than the Obama administration.
Clinton said recently said:
“I’m going to try in every way. I am going to get those guns out of people’s hands.”
“We need to make every politician who sides with [the NRA] to look in the eyes of parents whose kids have been murdered. The GOP counts on a dedicated group that scares politicians and says ‘We will vote against you’ … So we will take them on. We took them on in the ’90s; we’re gonna take them on again.”