BARACK Obama has demanded all gun sellers to register and plans to run background checks on all buyers in a desperate bid to curb gun violence.
The US president has drawn up plans for the FBI to do comprehensive searches on all sellers – including those who sell weapons at gun shows and online – to prevent any gun purchases from going unnoticed.
It comes despite unyielding opposition to new gun laws in America’s Congress.
The president has been tirelessly searching for ways to work around the Republican-led Congress, which has so far blocked previous efforts to tighten gun laws in the wake of mass shootings.
Obama has previously slammed the Republicans, along with some Democrats, for opposing his suggested measures, accusing them of being puppets to the powerful gun industry lobby.
In a bid to narrow the gun show ‘loophole’, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will issue updated guidance that says the government can consider someone a gun dealer regardless of where they sell the guns, according to officials.
Currently only federally licensed gun dealers must do background checks on buyers, and gun control advocates say people who sell guns outside of official stores exploit the law to skirt background checks.
The move falls short of what some control advocates have called for, but is still likely to ignite a confrontation with Republicans and gun rights groups that oppose new impediments to buying guns.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: “We’re very comfortable that the president can legally take these actions now.”
The FBI will hire 230 more examiners to process background checks, the White House said.
The bureau has a computerised system that can process background checks in seconds.
But in instances where the FBI needs more time, the government only has three days before prospective buyers can return and buy the gun without being cleared.
Obama defended the measures even before they were announced, insisting they fall within his legal authority and uphold the Second Amendment right to own a gun.
He said: “This is not going to solve every violent crime in this country.
“It will potentially save lives and spare families the pain of these extraordinary losses.”