The president is expected to take actions and expand background checks, propose a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care, track illegal online firearms and to provide more safety into gun safety technology.
Tomorrow, I'm taking action to reduce gun violence and save lives - protecting the Second Amendment and our kids. pic.twitter.com/vNqXEhaC9M— President Obama (@POTUS) January 4, 2016
We will keep guns out of the wrong hands, enforce our guns laws, and ensure those with serious mental illnesses get treatment.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 4, 2016
Guns now kill as many people as cars in almost half of the U.S. We can't stop every act of violence, but we can save lives if we act.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 4, 2016
"Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country," Obama administration said. "Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence-and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun."
The White House says many of those crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun.
The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other staff to help with background checks as part of the expanded process.