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The 23 Executive Orders On Gun Safety Signed Today By The President

5:05 pm - 01/17/2013

President Obama has signed 23 executive orders designed to address the problem of gun violence in America. The following are the items addressed:

Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. 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.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. 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.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make itwidely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effectiveuse of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to developinnovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

It does not appear that any of the executive orders would have any impact on the guns people currently own-or would like to purchase- and that all proposals regarding limiting the availability of assault weapons or large ammunition magazines will be proposed for Congressional action. As such, any potential effort to create a constitutional crisis—or the leveling of charges that the White House has overstepped its executive authority—would hold no validity.


vivid_corners 18th-Jan-2013 04:36 am (UTC)
I'm a little confused about 16, maybe I'm just tired, but why would doctors be asking patients about guns? I didn't even know this was a thing (the only time I could think of guns and doctors being linked is when they call the police to the ER for gunshot victims).
lickety_split 18th-Jan-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
Maybe so they can discuss with their patients on what to do in the event that someone in their home gets shot? Perhaps to make a note in case someone they're treating starts reporting suicidal feelings or violent urges? What to do if you inhale gun powder?
corinn 18th-Jan-2013 09:13 am (UTC)
Perhaps to make a note in case someone they're treating starts reporting suicidal feelings or violent urges?

That's the impression I get. When I was starting at a new mental health clinic in October they asked me if there were guns or other weaponry in my home and if I had access to any elsewhere. It was tacked onto the end of the standard set of suicide, self-harm, and violent urges history questions everyone gets asked at intake.
pepsquad 18th-Jan-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
my doc asked me then, wanted to grill me on my mental health, storage of, and reasons for owning a gun. i was not impressed.
intrikate88 18th-Jan-2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
With the health system I used to work with, it was part of an optional-answer new patient questionnaire, with questions such as "Have you ever experienced violence in your home?" "Are you afraid of anyone you live with?" "Is there a firearm in your home?" "Do you wear seatbelts?"

It's just baseline stuff to provide information and resources, if the patient desires it, on safety and well-being in the home and daily activities. It's not mandatory, it's not disclosed, it's just there to give patients the option of learning about safety tips or finding ways out of unsafe situations.
bellonia 18th-Jan-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
My roommate and I discussed this in the context of domestic violence. Knowing if there is a gun in the household helps with things like making sure women can escape DV situations more safely because leaving can be the most deadly time. It can be in women's centers, emergency rooms, therapist's offices. Knowing if there's a gun in the household can also help risk assess homicidal ideation.
thenakedcat 18th-Jan-2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Background checks and waiting periods have been proven to greatly reduce the risk of suicide by gun. So you want doctors to be able to disclose to law enforcement that a patient has had suicidal or homicidal ideation and should not be around weapons.
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