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Attorney General Defends New Executive Actions Before Senate Hearing

Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Obama’s executive orders to expand background checks on guns. The hearing came just weeks after the White House announced a number of executive actions that would tighten regulations on certain gun purchases in an attempt to reduce gun violence.

“I have complete confidence that the common-sense steps announced by the President are lawful,” said Lynch.

The Attorney General testified before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies – which oversees funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ). The subcommittee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), has threatened to withhold funding for anything that infringes on the rights of gun owners.

“The department is on notice,” Shelby stated. “This subcommittee will have no part in undermining the Constitution and the rights that it protects.”

However, during the hearing, bipartisan support was expressed for additional funding for the DOJ to hire more federal agents and examiners to enforce existing gun laws and more quickly perform criminal background checks for gun buyers – two parts of the president’s plan.

“(They) are all well-reasoned measures, well within existing legal authorities, built on work that’s already underway,” Lynch said during the hearing. “They clarify laws that are already on the books — because clear notice will help ensure that those laws are followed.”

The new restrictions include background checks for guns bought from dealers online and at gun shows, as well as a mandate for extra staffing and funding for the government agencies that monitor the purchase of firearms

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