WASHINGTON: The Obama administration yesterday proposed two new gun control regulations aimed at clarifying restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally ill and strengthening a database used for background checks before firearm purchases.
The measures are the latest step in a year-long push by President Barack Obama to tighten gun laws in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed.
Obama tried last year to bring in sweeping gun control measures but most of his proposals were defeated in Congress. He has pledged to continue working on the issue despite setback.
He had also directed officials to take steps that did not require approval from Congress.
The first action, proposed by the Department of Justice, would clarify who is prohibited from possessing firearms because of mental illness and outline for states what information can be shared with the federal database.
The second, by the Department of Health and Human Services, would remove barriers that could prevent states from passing on information to the database.