In Minnesota, response on Obama’s gun orders follows party lines
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President Obama’s executive orders on firearms was met Tuesday by a muted response from many in the Twin Cities gun industry and advocates who said it differed little from existing law.
Without the backing of Congress, Obama is seeking to expand the number of sales subject to background checks in an effort to close what some have called a loophole where people can skirt the checks by buying from private sellers at shows, websites and flea markets. The action does not expand existing law but says those who claim to be hobbyists or collectors may actually be “engaged in the business” of selling guns and need to be federally licensed.
Rob Doar, political director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee, called the president’s request for more resources for the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to streamline the background check process encouraging, but said enhanced prosecutions of gun crimes would be more effective. He cited federal data released in 2010 that showed of the 4,732 FBI background check denials investigated by the ATF that year, just 62 resulted in prosecutions and 13 in convictions.