So just what are the 23 executive orders President Obama signed today as part of his plan to curb gun violence? Dave Weigel at Slate runs them down, and here's a sampling from him and AP:
- "Require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."
- Order "tougher penalties for people who lie on background checks."
- Have the attorney general "review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."
- Direct the Centers for Disease Control "to research the causes and prevention of gun violence." (This one is getting a lot of attention. See here.)
- Nominate an ATF director.
- "Require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."
- Give "schools flexibility to use federal grant money to improve school safety, such as by hiring school resource officers."
Read Weigel's full list here
. Or see details on each from the White House itself here
. These are separate from the list of proposed laws Obama hopes to push through Congress starting next week—reinstating the ban on assault weapons, limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, closing loopholes on gun sales, and more, reports the New York Times