THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary
EMBARGOED UNTIL THE START OF THE PRESIDENT’S REMARKS
January 16, 2013
Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions
Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:1.
Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevantdata available to the federal background check system.2.
Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from makinginformation available to the background check system.3.
Improve incentives for states to share information with the background checksystem.4.
Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited fromhaving 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 backgroundcheck on an individual before returning a seized gun.6.
Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance onhow 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 SafetyCommission).9.
Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace gunsrecovered 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 propertraining 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 toresearch 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 patientsabout guns in their homes.17.
Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibitsthem from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.18.
Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship andinstitutions of higher education.20.
Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental healthservices that Medicaid plans must cover.21.
Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirementswithin ACA exchanges.22.
Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.23.
Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mentalhealth.