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Progress Report on Executive Actions To Reduce Gun Violence

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Date Published
April 2013
10 pages
This report indicates that the Obama administration has completed or made progress on 21 of 23 executive actions designed to reduce gun violence in the United States.
These executive actions were announced by President Obama on January 16, 2013. The proposed actions include ending the freeze on gun violence research, addressing barriers that impede States from submitting records to the background check system for persons attempting to buy guns, and ensuring that Federal law enforcement agencies trace guns recovered in investigations. The report indicates that the Obama administration is committed to completing the remainder of the announced executive actions. The actions already taken and those in progress are reported under the following categories of executive actions: strengthening the existing background check system; empowering law enforcement in preventing and responding to gun crime; making schools safer from gun violence; encouraging responsible gun ownership; preserving the rights of health providers to protect their patients and communities from gun violence; and improving access to mental health care. In addition to these executive actions achieved and underway, this report also urges Congress to counter gun violence by expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a Federal crime.