If you read the blog and were paying attention you would know the "23 Executive Orders" were reported by the sensationalist "news media" as Executive Orders - but the turned out to be more of 23 Executive Actions.
Remember - I have said repeatedly that the Memorandum is just as important as the Executive Order
President Obama unveiled his plan to reduce gun violence on January 16th in 2013 and it included 23 "executive actions" (the word is important - actions not orders) to make sure "the Administration was taking essential and rapid steps to reduce gun violence".
Here are the 23 "actions" and "accomplishments" on the actions thus far
1) Hold federal agencies accountable for sharing reliable information with the background check system: President Obama directed federal agencies to make all relevant records (pertinent documentation including criminal history records and information related to persons prohibited from having guns for mental health reasons) available to the federal background check system. This was accomplished by Presidential Memorandum: Improving Availability of Relevant Executive Branch Records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
2) Address unnecessary legal barriers that prevent states from reporting information about those prohibited from having guns: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began the process to assess and address unnecessary legal barriers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule preventing states from making appropriate data available to the federal background check system. Specifically the data from the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) which is maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. HHS requested public input on how HIPAA may prevent this reporting and ways in which these barriers could be addressed. on January 7th of 2014 a "Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking" was published in the Federal Registry with a request for public comment. The public comment period is open until March 10 2014. You can review the proposed policy and make comments on the policy as listed in the Federal Registry by following this link.
5) Review categories of dangerous people prohibited from having guns: The Attorney General has undertaken a comprehensive review of our laws that identify potentially dangerous individuals who should not have access to a gun. As part of the review, DOJ has solicited input from a variety of experts and stakeholders for recommendations to ensure that dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
6) Enhance firearm tracing data: The President issued a Memorandum requiring federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations. This tracing process allows law enforcement to follow a gun’s path from its manufacturer, to the dealer who sold it, to its first purchaser. Making sure federal law enforcement consistently traces recovered guns will help solve violent crimes by generating leads in specific cases, and aggregating large amounts of this tracing data will help reveal national gun trafficking patterns. You can read the Presidential Memorandum: Tracing of Firearms in Connection with Criminal Investigations here.
10) Maximize enforcement efforts: The Attorney General is working with United States Attorneys to maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime. The Attorney General formed a working group to assess anti-violence strategies and initiatives.
11) Appoint a Director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF): The ATF did not have a confirmed director for six years. President Obama nominated B. Todd Jones as Director of the ATF. He was confirmed on July 31st 2013 and Vice President Biden performed the swearing in ceremony on August 29 2013. See President Obama's statement on the confirmation of ATF Director Todd here.
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