The White House has unveiled gun control measures that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves Barack Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will now require that people who sell guns at stores, at gun shows or over the Internet be licensed and conduct checks, officials said. The ATF was finalizing a rule requiring background checks for buyers of dangerous weapons from a trust, corporation or other legal entity as well.
Obama, speaking to reporters before the measures were made public Monday, said they were consistent with the Second Amendment 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.
Obama, who has expressed deep frustration about U.S. gun control regulations after a series of mass shootings at schools and other places during his presidency, met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss gun control measures that do not require congressional approval.
Obama acknowledged that his planned initiatives will not solve every violent crime or prevent every mass shooting, but he said they could "potentially save lives."