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Obama Administration Wants Stronger Background Checks for Guns

The Obama Administration announced two new executive actions that will help strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands Friday.
WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration announced two new executive actions that will help strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands Friday. 

The Department of Justice is proposing a regulation to clarify who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law for reasons related to mental health. 

The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a proposed regulation to address barriers preventing states from submitting limited information on those persons to the federal background check system.

The White House says the federal background check system is the most effective way to assure that individuals who may pose a danger to themselves or others are not able to purchase a firearm from a licensed gun dealer. 

The White House says to date, background checks have prevented over two million guns from falling into the wrong hands. 

Efforts to pass stricter background checks last year failed to gain traction in Congress.
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