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Obama Warming Up His Pen To Go Around Congress on Gun Control We Already Have

He's done it before on a number of issues and he's clearly not afraid to do it again. 

According to a number of reports, President Obama is getting ready to issue some kind of executive order on gun control, going around Congress to do so and violating his own admission that he can't implement new gun control measures alone. 

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"His is not something [gun control] I can do by myself. I've got to have a Congress and I've got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this," Obama said last week.

The plan, according to the Washington Post, is to require background checks that are...already required. 

The Washington Post reported that the White House is considering executive action that would compel background checks for "individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year." Dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license and perform background checks, the Post reported.

Individuals who buy firearms from dealers are required to go through a background check every time they purchase a firearm, whether it's a "significant number" or one. Some states have a waiting period for the purchase of more than four or five long guns in a certain period of time, but the waiting period occurs after a background check is passed.

Additionally, Obama is considering a requirement for dealers to obtain a separate license if they "exceed a certain number of sales," whatever that means. Again, under current law firearms sold through a dealer require a background check.

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Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

Meanwhile, the Oregon community Obama is choosing to exploit in the name of gun control is protesting his visit and gun free zones by the hundreds today.

We'll see what Obama comes up with next week.

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