AG says Obama actions curbing guns are legal

2016-01-20 21:35
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (J Scott Applewhite, AP)

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (J Scott Applewhite, AP)

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Washington - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has gone before the US Congress to defend President Barack Obama's executive actions curbing guns.

Lynch is telling members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly.

Lynch's support for the modest election-year measures that Obama announced two weeks ago was certain to draw criticism from the Republicans who control Congress. Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers have condemned the president's move as an infringement of the constitutional right to own guns and an overreach of executive branch powers.

Obama's actions include guidance that even those selling a few guns online or at gun shows can be required to get federal dealers' licenses and perform background checks.

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