Obama Considers Executive Action to Close ‘Gun Show Loophole’

Barack Obama’s resolve to bypass Congress to tighten gun controls is likely to target loopholes around firearms bought at gun shows and on the internet, campaigners believe.

The president’s adviser, Valerie Jarrett, revealed this week that Obama has directed his team to finalise “in short order” recommendations that will keep guns out of the wrong hands, including expanded background checks.

The White House has since declined to offer further details, but Po Murray, chairwoman of the pressure group the Newtown Action Alliance, said she understands the proposal is aimed at closing the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows people to buy weapons at gun shows and online without a background check.

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