Obama's 23 Executive Orders
Includes having the CDC research gun violence
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 4:13 PM CST
President Obama signs executive orders to reduce gun violence Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – 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.

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Jan 17, 2013 10:45 AM CST
Nominate an ATF director? That's been his job all along and for the last 4 years, he has failed to appoint anyone. The ATF has been cut to 2,500 employees who have had no director to guide them. That is why the ATF is so ineffective. This is Obama's fault, no doubt about that. This "executive order" is just telling himself to do his job.
Jan 17, 2013 5:21 AM CST
This is a useless, pointless gesture, the sole purpose of which is only an attempt to make himself look good.
Jan 16, 2013 11:57 PM CST
The HOME is the Best Teacher of Morals and Ethics! ~Rick Magee, FL