"Obama: Still 'too easy' to buy guns in America: The president is weighing a new executive action that would increase background checks for small-scale gun sellers."
The administration is considering at new executive actions the president can take without approval from Congress, in particular a move to require more background checks for some gun sales by requiring some small-scale gun sellers to get a dealers license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Earnest also called on Congress to pass a new assault weapons ban—the San Bernardino shooters were using assault weapons purchased legally—and to change the law on background checks to stop people on a terrorist watch list from purchasing guns. The National Rifle Association has said an outright ban for those individuals is not necessary because law enforcement officials are notified when they try to buy a gun and can make a case-by-case decision. Senate Democrats are working to force votes Thursday on the watch list bill and a universal background check measure that failed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Earnest dismissed as irrelevant whether any of those particular proposals would have stopped this particular incident.