Tuesday, January 5, 2016

READ: Obama Executive Actions Regarding Guns; New ATF Guidance: "Do I Need A License To Buy and Sell Firearms"

Part of Arizona's Politics' central mission has always been to provide context to the political debate. We frequently clip and provide speeches by Arizona's elected officials, as well as the texts of decisions, bills, laws, etc.  The legal memoranda behind the Obama Administration executive actions related to the immigration issue last year were not easily accessible at first, but we hunted until we could post a copy.

This morning, President Obama spoke about his executive actions to tighten restrictions on gun sales.  Here are the written documents to date:

1) The President directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF") to issue new guidance on who is a "gun seller" responsible to conduct background checks on prospective purchases.  ATF is already out with their booklet "Do I Need A License To Buy and Sell Firearms"; here it is:

Here is how the ATF describes the "key points" of the new publication:

2) The White House "Fact Sheet" on the Executive Actions":

3) The White House Memorandum from yesterday "Promoting Smart Gun Technology":

Of course, the President's remarks had a distinctly Arizona element to them, as he singled out the mass shooting in Tucson five years ago which included an attempted assassination of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; six people were killed and 13 injured. Here are the remarks.

Updated: In the list of Executive Actions, the White House included the following Jan. 4 memo from Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding "federal efforts to improve the safety of domestic violence victims":

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