Author of Montana Firearms Legislation Responds To President’s Gun Control Speech [YouTube]
Today in Washington, D.C., President Obama unveiled 23 proposed Executive Orders he believes are necessary to curb gun violence in America.
Six of the executive orders are listed below, from an article on Forbes dot com.
Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions:
Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
KGVO News reached out to Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, who is also responsible for authoring the majority of firearms-related legislation in Montana over the last decade, said the President's recommendations are mostly 'feel-good' proposals, designed to please his liberal base.
"They strike me as being mostly bluster, which is pretty typical of this president," Marbut said. "I think we have to wait and see if anything concrete ever spins out of this, what federal regulations are proposed, and what the wording is. None of that comes out of a press conference or a speech by the President."
Marbut remarked on the number of executive orders that revolve around healthcare, the Affordable Care Act and the HIPPA act, which protects the privacy of medical records.
"They want to override privacy in order to gather dossiers on everyone," Marbut continued. "Fortunately, we have built-in protections in our Montana Constitution, so there's going to be a fight over that. But, what I think this is really all about is the mental health question, which is not an issue that connects very well with gun violence."
Marbut said he doesn't expect anything substantive to come out of President Obama's statements from the White House on Tuesday.
"If anything is actually done, I assume it will be feel-good and it will have little impact," he said. "They don't talk about what they actually want, they talk about what will sound good to their followers."