The White House says President Obama is close to completing a series of executive actions to address gun violence, but they are not a substitute for congressional legislation.
In a report issued today, the administration has “completed or made significant progress” on 21 of 23 executive actions that Obama outlined Jan. 16 as part of a major gun control initiative.
“But Congress must also act,” the report says. “Passing common-sense gun safety legislation, including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, remains the single most important step we could take to reduce gun violence.”
With Obama in Northern Ireland for the G-8 summit, Vice President Biden will discuss the report in a speech this afternoon.
The Senate blocked a background check bill in April, thanks mostly to the votes of Republicans. Obama administration officials and Senate Democrats are trying to revive the bill by pressuring senators who voted against it to reconsider.