A closer look at President Obama’s executive actions on gun control

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – On Tuesday President Obama addressed Americans laying out an executive order to tighten the reigns on gun control.

“Number one, anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecutions,” President Obama said.

Still most people we spoke with our area.Don’t believe the president’s executive order changed much of anything.

“Background checks at gun shows are already being done, I know this because I’ve bought them.”

At the top of the president’s list is a measure that calls for firearms dealers at gun shows to be licensed and conduct background checks.

Also on that list of executive actions is increase mental health checks to keep people with mental health restrictions from possessing guns.

What does this mean for people who want to buy guns? For answers, we spoke with Michael Knight with the Nashville ATF field office.

“The current law has not changed, and the current law states that if you are engaged in the business of selling firearms then you’re required to have a license,” Michael Knight said.

What if you wanted to buy a gun from a private collector at a gun show or on the internet?

“If an individual has a personal collection and that sales firearms not on a regular basis, they do not have to have a federal firearms license,” Michael Knight said.

Gun enthusiasts are preparing for a gun show this weekend, at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport. We wanted to know if the President’s executive order would change things for Kingsport police.

A spokesman for Kingsport police told us.

“By our initial assessment, the president’s action yesterday appears to be just a restating of existing laws already on the books, and we don’t anticipate that it will change anything.”

Off-duty officers hired by the event promoter will be at that gun show making sure guns that are brought inside are not loaded.

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