KENNEWICK, Wash. - NBC Right Now continues to follow the growing debate over gun control. The topic stole the spotlight after a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school last month.
Wednesday, President Obama unveiled some new proposals to reduce gun violence.
The political fight over gun control has many worried their right to bear arms could soon be taken away or at least limited. Meanwhile, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have promised not to pass anything they feel is unconstitutional.
"His 23 executive orders he's proposing here... I don't see how they're going to affect me," Michael Gimera said. He shoots for sport and has a clean mental and legal background.
President Obama's proposed $500 million gun control package was met with support on some ideas like augmenting mental health measures and promoting federal research on gun crime through the Centers for Disease Control.
"I'm all for that. That's the root problem here. If you look at all these mass shootings we've had... Every one, a shooter's been somebody that's mentally impaired and that's what we need to put a stop to," Gimera said.
"For the background check, the people that are law abiding citizens, it's not going to affect them at all. It might take an extra five minutes at the gun shop," said Ranch and Home's Dillon Richardson.
Richardson also said gun sales are booming as people worry their right to bear arms could be taken away.
"Usually we're selling a gun at the earliest at 11 a.m. But it's been 8 a.m. and there's people at the gun desk buying guns and stuff," Richardson said.
The President did call on Congress to take action by banning military style assault weapons and making a ten round cap on all magazines. That's something gun owner Clifford Adams believes is a direct violation of the second amendment.
"How many other things can you think of, too, that we might think is useless but people like to buy them, people like to have them and they should have that right to be able to do that," Adams said.
The President signed a series of 23 executive actions Friday morning. They are the following:
Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
Nominate an ATF director.
Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
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