Obama Reveals 3-Part Gun Control Plan

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In a Facebook post, President Obama revealed his plans for more gun control, focusing on the development of smart gun technology.

The President outlined three components to his gun control plan, the first of which focused on smart firearms. He said that if we have smart phone technology that prevents someone from using or stealing someone’s cellphone, then there’s no reason not to use smart gun technology, which he said could prevent situations where “legal guns…were stolen, misused, or discharged accidentally.”

The Associated Press reported regarding Obama’s smart gun proposal:

As Obama unveiled a plan last January to expand federal background checks for gun purchases, he directed the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice to conduct or sponsor research into smart-gun technology. Obama also instructed the agencies to regularly review the availability of such technology and to promote its use.

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In a report released Friday, the Justice and Homeland Security departments said they expect to complete the work of identifying the smart-gun requirements by October.

The Defense Department will continue to help manufacturers test smart firearms under real-world conditions at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. Gun makers could also be eligible to win cash prizes through the program. The federal government will also continue to help state and local governments as smart-gun technology develops, the report said.

The second component to his gun control plan dealt with making it more difficult for guns to end up in the wrong hands. To that end, he said, “Today, we’re announcing a rule to ensure that federal mental health records about individuals prohibited from buying a gun are reported to the background check system.”

His last proposal is to meet with state and local representatives from all 50 states in May to discuss the steps they’ve taken to combat “gun violence”: “The goal is to figure out what works on the ground when it comes to keeping our communities safe, and then share those practices.”

The President concluded:

As long as I’m your president, I will do everything in my power to make our communities safer and keep guns out of the wrong hands. That includes calling on Congress to pass the kinds of commonsense reforms supported by the vast majority of the American people.

Making progress on these issues is how we honor the lives that have been lost by gun violence, and it’s how we leave behind a stronger, more secure nation for our children.

Come May, what if they find that those states and communities that encourage gun ownership have lower violent crime rates on average? Will they bother to “share those practices?”

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