President Barack Obama is expected to take what Politico calls "long-awaited executive action on gun control" when he returns to Washington next week:
The White House is putting finishing touches on several measures in an effort to make progress on curbing gun violence, an issue the president and close aides have found frustratingly intractable, before the race to replace him enters prime time.
According to gun industry insiders and others familiar with the proposals, the changes include requiring an expanded number of small-scale gun sellers to be licensed — and therefore conduct background checks — whenever selling a weapon. This wouldn’t close the so-called gun show loophole, though it has the potential to narrow it.
Liberals have pushed for Obama to enact stronger gun control since he took office, something Congress has been reluctant to do. And while elitist Washington tries to find ways to keep average Americans from buying guns, actual Americans have been buying guns in record numbers.