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January 16, 2013

Sentencing "highlights" in President Obama's new gun control push

Thanks to this helpful piece from the New York Times, which is headlined "What’s in Obama’s Gun Control Proposal," I see that at least a few of the latest idea on gun control coming from the White House involve sentencing matters.  Via the list provided by the Times, here is a partial account of the provisions likely to be of greatest interest to sentencing fans:

Proposed Congressional Actions

• Requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, including those by private sellers that currently are exempt.

• Reinstating and strengthening the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004....

• Increasing criminal penalties for "straw purchasers," people who pass the required background check to buy a gun on behalf of someone else.

• Acting on a $4 billion administration proposal to help keep 15,000 police officers on the street....

Executive actions...

• 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....

• Issuing a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

• Releasing a report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and making it widely available to law enforcement authorities.

• Maximizing enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

• Issuing a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence.

• 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.

As regular readers know, the last listed item here is of particular interest to me because I continue to want to believe that smart gun technologies may be a much more effective and efficient means to reduce gun violence than lots of new prohibitions or increased sentences and other costly criminal justice investments.

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Without for the moment either endorsing or opposing any of the President's proposals, I'm already fastening my seatbelt for the coming torrent of criticism that bulking up "incarceration nation" is all the guy can think of. This while zillions of innocent federal prisoners languish without executive clemency. Plus going after all those millionaire pot sellers. Yikes.

Barack Obama, right-wing headcase. Who woulda thunk it?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jan 16, 2013 6:01:39 PM

As a life-long member, and ardent NRA supporter. I have NO problem with ANY of the president's actions.

Posted by: NRA gun nut | Jan 16, 2013 6:04:40 PM

Bill Otis , left-wing headcase. Who woulda thunk it?

Posted by: Naomi | Jan 16, 2013 7:56:45 PM

Naomi --

I love it. When I criticize Obama, I'm a headcase. When I decline to criticize him, I'm also a headcase.

I guess this is better than being a Nazi, although I've been called that too.

Go for it.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jan 16, 2013 8:08:51 PM

the great father better watch out!

"Issuing a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."

This one might put a shit load of his own govt into prison.

Of course all this brings us right back to gunrunner! Where are the prosecutions of the govt agents involved.

Sorry till they get the stick out of their own eye. Leave mine alone!

Posted by: rodsmith | Jan 17, 2013 1:18:52 PM

"all the guy can think of"

Such criticism would be wrong since it isn't all he thought of.

The second comment is appreciated & poll data suggests credible though don't think that 'assault weapon' thing has the best odds. As Ezra Klein noted, though, I'm more concerned with ammo anyhow than some of the more cosmetic 'assault weapon' regs.

Posted by: Joe | Jan 19, 2013 10:25:41 AM

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