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Obama proposes laws, harder to find firearms and ammunition in Abilene

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:10:58 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 17 2013 04:12:33 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday outlining his administrations proposal for tightening firearms regulations in this country.

Obama said we must reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown School Shooting last month.

The Newtown School massacre and threat of tighter gun controls have made it hard for gun buyers and sellers to get hold of many types of firearms, magazines and ammunition.
      
Cory Row from the Shootin' Shop said some ammunition is hard to come by and it's also doubled in price.

"Everything is really hard to find," Row said. "I keep hearing complaints from other cities that it's just as hard to find there as it is here."

Row said he wouldn't mind if Congress passed a law that poses regulations on universal background checks.

"Background checks are kind of necessary," Row said. "You don't want people that shouldn't have guns to have guns."

Some are asking if proposed new laws would infringe on our second amendment rights to bear arms. Gov. Rick Perry commented and said, "The second amendment to the constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."    
 
"I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the second amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale."

With the uncertainty of future gun laws, Row said gun and ammunition sales are surging.

"People are really worried about everything," Row said. "Their afraid of taxing ammunition."

Dozens of types of weapons are also hard to find or no longer on the racks at Abilene area gun shops.

Here's a list of executive actions taken by the president:

   1) Issuing a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
   2) Addressing 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.
   3) Improving incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
   4) Directing the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
   5) Proposing a rule making to give law enforcement authorities the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
   6) Publishing a letter from the A.T.F. to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
   7) Starting a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
   8) Reviewing safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
   9) Issuing a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
   10) Releasing a report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and making it widely available to law enforcement authorities.
   11) Nominating an A.T.F. director.
   12) Providing law enforcement authorities, first responders and school officials with proper training for armed attacks situations.
   13) Maximizing enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
   14) Issuing a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence.
   15) Directing the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenging the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
   16) Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
   17) Releasing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
   18) Providing incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
   19) Developing model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
   20) Releasing a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
   21) Finalizing regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within insurance exchanges.
   22) Committing to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
   23) Starting a national dialogue on mental health led by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, and Arne Duncan, the secretary of education.