POTUS Announces New Executive Actions on Gun Control

Policy and politics staff writer Zeesham Aleem with Mic gives some insight about President Barack Obama's address regarding his executive order for gun control (seen below):

The new requirements for gun purchases aim to specifically target those who are buying and selling firearms in a way that avoids current federal regulations. As part of the new executive actions, the Obama administration is also putting emphasis on background checks for people buying weapons like machine guns and "sawed-off" shotguns, reported Time.

The executive actions also call for a $500 million investment to improve access to mental health services, as well as changes to bureaucratic rules that impede the ability of the current national background check system to tap into databases that track people who are banned from obtaining firearms for specific mental health reasons.

Moreover, the White House announced additional funding for enforcing gun laws through the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The FBI will also be overhauling the background check system to make it more efficient and hiring more than 200 new examiners and staff to help manage that process. 

Follow the source for more details from Mic. Click here for an analysis by the Associated Press, who first reported the story. Lastly, click here for a rundown on all executive actions by all U.S. Presidents.