Obama's 23 Executive Gun Control Actions

Tyler Durden's picture

The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. 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.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. 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.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. 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.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

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redpill's picture

The lack of specificity on some is what is concerning, and which will likely lead to overreach and abuse, such as #4.  It gives Eric Holder (of all people) free reign to pick and choose who can buy a gun and who can't.

Shell Game's picture

Exactly, red.  That's the one that caught my interest immediately. Specific 'categories' who would be deemed too dangerous, eh? 


The rot is ripe for open-ended, creative interpretation.  Fuck. These. Traitors.

kliguy38's picture

Yes ....this tactic is universal when implementing an onerous law......disguise your real hammer in the midst of 23 rules that are relatively acceptable .....you are correct they will use that to great advantage....it will be interpreted to maximum advantage

FEDbuster's picture

Our dumbfuck governor here in AZ just bit the apple on Obamacare.  She made a surprise announcement in her "state of the state" address to take federal money for medicare and medicaid from the Obamacare funding.  Like a cheap crack whore she gave it up for some FRNs from D.C. 

NidStyles's picture

It's not that bad they still passed the opt out provision last year.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

"It's not that bad" is the gateway drug to the slippery slope.

secret_sam's picture

It was totally obvious this country went to shit the day the Alien and Sedition acts were passed.  It's been a tyrannical hellhole ever since.

NidStyles's picture

Honestly, if you're dumb enough to opt in, you deserve what you get. I don't defend morons for their actions anymore. The information is out there, and it's been pushed accross the planet. No reason to be a moron and enslave yourself.

lightning's picture

That is what the first two executive orders address.  He is going to use obamacare and the medical exchanges as his database.  This is an absolute overreach if what you say is true regarding congressional law not allowing this.  As a mental health professional, I (like you stated) would not be comfortable highlighting a patient unless ABSOLUTELY necessary.  Yet, I am not the majority.  Most in my profession are die hard progressives who believe ordinary people can't be trused with their own kids never mind a weapon.  I honestly hope there is push back by sheriffs, but by using Obamacare, he puts many peoples rights in peril.  This won't cost them any more money.  This is simply a directive to the medical/mental health profession to include XYZ info in their notes.  The notes are how we all get paid.  Medicaid already has a system set up to deny payment based on how notes are written.  In regard to the last portion of your comment, I do stand with you and I will not be party to this abomination even if it means not working in my field anymore.

knowless's picture

sadly, but i must regress, obamanation.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

+1 for subtle yet clear ref to AlexJonsian 1776 response ...

lightning's picture

You are absolutely correct.  What people are not connecting yet is the requirement of digital medical records and how it plays into these executive orders.  It is not only about your doctor asking if you own a gun.  It is your doctor reporting that he prescribed you such and such medication which is designed to address depression, anxiety, etc.  Or the fact that he just prescribed medication whose side effects can cause "unstable behavior.  It is about mental health professionals (and I am one myself) being told to report via these digital records ANY instance where a patient hints, alludes, or otherwise indicates that a person is "unstable" and "may" become a threat to himself or others.  It is a domestic spat that will be recorded and used against you in the future (although this has already been done in most areas).  The first wave of people who will lose the ability to gain permits?  Vets, women who suffer post-partum, anyone with a spouse who calls the cops when you fight, anyone who seeks mental health services, and any household that contains a person who is receiving mental health services.  The progression will continue to include medication disbursment, and I don't think that it will be long before the NSA is used to identify "mentally unstable" people who blog or post comments on the Internet.  You won't be arrested, but you can kiss your ability to get a weapons permit bye-bye.

Cathartes Aura's picture

^^^recommended reading, slowly and carefully^^^


it's a big system designed to use/abuse you.  know who your doctors work for.

y'all better git yer wife off those anti-depressants soon. . .

N. B. Forrest's picture

Are you seeing what I'm seeing?  It appears to be a bunch of smoke and mirrors.  All bark and no bite.


If I'm wrong someone please correct me.

Zer0head's picture

the word is insidious

huge new funding for Big Data and Federalizing of data bases including education, medical, law enforcement, gun manufacturers (tracking technology) - Look how many times the word 'information' is used

next is the medical thing empowering doctors, tied to Obamacare and a new classification system - think of the decorative red stars in the Warsaw  Ghetto, this is far more creative where people will be assigned to categories where prohibition will kick in

I could go on and on ... teachers and kids - little precious in grade 2 being questioned bout daddies gun collection - the teachers are now empowered 



trav777's picture

there isn't the money to do anything of the kind

Zer0head's picture

That's the effing point - these exec orders will provide the resources -

mac_daddy's picture

exec orders need their funding approved by congress, else they are worthless.




"Congress to look for alternative measures to override executive orders such as refusing to approve funding necessary to carry out certain policy measures contained with the order ...."

Sean7k's picture

ZH fails to mention that the projected cost is 500 million. This is all money that would have to be appropriated by congress.

trollin4sukrz's picture

there isn't the money to do anything of the kind



fvkin horseshit, they have plenty to kill people around the world daily, they can print more to kill us.. u r an idiot trav

RockyRacoon's picture

The facts that the gov't can print money, and Trav being an idiot, are merely coincidental.

lightning's picture

For most of this you don't need additional money.  That is why most of the mandates concern Obamacare.  They are simply itemizing what medical/mental health providers need to include in their notes.  The notes are what is used to collect payment for a medical service.  A computer will simply be programmed to key in on specific items/terms and will flag your name and SS number as someone unsutible to have a gun permit.  Please note that I am not saying every executive order listed, just some.  Unfortunately, those few are still horrifying.  There will be a few people who won't flag people unecessarily, but with malpractice looming over everyones head, I am afraid that number will be quite small.

Cathartes Aura's picture


There will be a few people who won't flag people unecessarily, but with malpractice looming over everyones head, I am afraid that number will be quite small.

over time, the compliance will be normalised.

the system defines the participants.

MachoMan's picture

Yes, for people who are on the dole...  private insurance companies won't require this, nor are there any such obligations for self pay folks...

It's simply a regressive tax on guns...  people with the financial means will pay out of pocket and call it a day.

pods's picture

When I got the Big V years ago the nurse doing the questioning asked me about guns in the house. I flatly asked her why this was related to a vasectomy, and told her I would not answer that question.  No doubt there was a checkbox for those type answers too.


FEDbuster's picture

Yep, they asked my 16 year old son a bunch of questions when I was out of the room.  Are there guns in your house, do you feel the need to have a gun, do you do illegal drugs, have you had sex yet......  He answered "no" to everyone of them, except the guns in the house, to which he added "I participate in youth trap and skeet shooting sports, so I have a shotgun."  Next time his response will be "none of your business".

gatorengineer's picture

Anyone else smell a grand bargin comming up with a teary eyed Boner....


Boner gives Barry a watered down assault weapons ban, in return he gets the promise to cut entitlements in 3 years, and he gives barry a couple trill raise of the debt cap...  Loose loose looose

FEDbuster's picture

Of my three reps in the D.C. Whore house, I am only worried about one, John "RINO" McCain.  He is rated a C- at GOA, and he is a lame duck senator.  I could see him voting with Schummer and Feinstein for some anti-2nd bill.  I hope it never makes it to the floor in the House, but who knows what strings are being pulled? 

gatorengineer's picture

My Rep Charliet Dent who ran originally Tea Party, has now joined No Labels, and has endorsed gay marriage, as well as all of the Porkulus spending.


The battle will be in the house, the senate is lost relative to the constitution.  It will be 98-2 with Rubio and Cruz being the only Patriots......

FEDbuster's picture

Rand Paul, would make it 97-3.

slightlyskeptical's picture

"None of your business" equals yes just so you all know. The correct answer is always no. Although I have had sex.

A Lunatic's picture

So twenty minutes later you picked your penis up off the floor and went home.........lol  ;)

SilverRhino's picture

Number 1: just freed up ALL federal agencies (including the IRS) to share data for the NICS check system currently in place. 

Number 2: just trashed HIPAA's privacy guarantees for your health information when it relates to a gun. So now, any time a doctor asks "Do you have guns" or even asks family memebers ... all that information can be collated into the NICS system as well. 

Number 4: Allows the Attorney General to add entire classes of people to the no guns categories in a form 4473. If you make it to the "No Fly" list for the TSA ... kiss your ability to purchase a weapon goodbye. 

Other categories that could be added at the whim of the Attorney General:  Tax deliquents, state CS delinquents, CHL permit denials, basically anything that stops your DL / CHL registration could permanently derail your gun rights now.   

Number 5: Allows for LE officers to perform theft under color of law by requiring background checks before handing your property back to you. 

Pairadimes's picture

If there is only one thing certain about this situation, it is that this list of 23 things is understood differently by its authors than by those of us reading it here. This is where our attentions need to be focused.

Also, if the goal is to boil the frog, the temperature can never be increased too quickly.

Shell Game's picture

#4 has ALL the bite the control freaks need.


You've been corrected.

SheepDog-One's picture

Exactly, paired up with 'mental health screenings'...what do people think, those wont be retroactive? 

ElvisDog's picture

I agree, a whole lot of nothing. Information exchange between agencies that probably already have the means to get that information. The gun-control zealots must be furious.

My favorite: "Appoint an ATF director"

Goldust's picture

DISAGREE.  The meat here is in #2 and #16.  Establishing a practice amongst healthcare professionals whereby they record whether or not you "have guns in the home" into your file.  Fast forward to healthcare reform where said records are able to be accessed by FedGov "only for matters of public health" and POOF.  Nationwide list of gun owners.  Now they don't need to go to your state or gun dealer to get the list.  They have it right there, electronically searchable.  You think all of our clueless wives are going to pick up on that question being nefarious when the pediatrician asks them? Hell no!  They are gonna say "yes, but they are all safely locked up in our gun safe, so don't worry, our child is safe."  It's fucking brilliant really, and it all ends with your door being kicked in and (if you're not shot in the process), confiscation of your weapons at a minimum.  Re-education or worse on the bad side.  Oh, and they will shoot your dog regardless.

Big Corked Boots's picture

Just lie to them. WTF. They lie to you all the time.

Citxmech's picture

If you lie and say you don't own guns when you do, and they cross referance your answer with your background application, you could be fucked.

This isn't so simple.

mkhs's picture

Anyway, background check is a de facto registration.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The FBI is supposed to chunk those records after X delay, by law.   Now what this adminstration actually does is likely insure say, some No Such Agency or other resource gets to scan those.

Also, the info of who legally has a particular serial number gun is only stored, only on paper, at the FFL's premises.    Naturally state law could impose a registration scheme on top of that federal minimum, and many states do...NY, CA, IL(I think).

lightning's picture

That is not the point.  They know you will lie.  What they are going to do is say you can't get a permit because your kid has "emotional issues", your wife is "depressed" or you are taking Ambien which can cause unstable violent behavior.  YOU don't need to say or do ANYTHING.  Your medical information and your families will be used against you.

trollin4sukrz's picture

if anyone tells a doc there is guns in the house he/she be muderfvkin thupid!

Rogue Trooper's picture

"They killed my dog...."


Nothing like a good old .22 LR in the right hands.... 

Molon Labe... Bitches

j0nx's picture

If they ask just say no. Don't say none of your business as that response will be taken to mean yes. Just say no.