The Obama administration has announced two new executive actions that will close a background check loophole and keep re-imported military surplus weapons off of our streets.
The common sense measures build on the 23 executive actions that the Vice President recommended as part of a comprehensive gun violence reduction plan. The Administration has made significant progress on or has completed 22 of those initiatives.
One of the executive actions unveiled today closes a loophole that permits purchasers to acquire dangerous weapons such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns through corporations and trusts, and thus evade the requirement for a background check and fingerprinting. The ATF announced today a new regulation that would require persons associated with trusts and corporations that acquire such weapons to undergo background checks in the same manner as individual purchasers, making it more difficult for dangerous weapons to find their way into dangerous hands.
The other executive action creates a new governmental policy of denying requests to re-import military firearms back to the United States in sales to private buyers, with a few exceptions, such as for museums. When the United States provides military surplus firearms to entities overseas, governmental approval must be sought before those firearms can be repatriated. However, since 2005, the U.S. Government has approved more than 250,000 requests to re-import firearms. This measure will make it much harder for these exported firearms to make it back home and onto U.S. streets.
A fact sheet on the two new executive actions prepared by the White House Office of the Press Secretary is available here.