President Obama today unveils an executive order that’s designed to require more gun sellers to conduct background checks, even if they’re doing business only at gun shows or online.
It’s likely only coincidence that on the same day, the BBC has aired a visit to an American gun show.
“In America, where the right to bear arms is engrained in the Constitution, any moves by the president to tighten the rules will be fiercely resisted,” BBC News correspondent Jon Sopel says.
Related: Republican eyes DOJ budget to block Obama gun orders (The Hill)
Obama’s gun seller policy seeks to chill rather than regulate (The Volokh Conspiracy)
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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