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Rolling Stone: Obama’s Missing Executive Order

Rolling Stone is not happy with the president for failing to use his presidential power to ban the importation of certain weapons:

In his renewed push for gun control, President Obama released 23 executive orders to reduce gun violence this morning. It’s a good start. But Obama left his biggest regulatory weapon in the holster.

The president has, under existing law, the authority to block the import of weapons that aren’t “generally recognized as particularly suitable for, or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” In the wake of the Stockton school massacre in 1989, President George H.W. Bush — who was backed to the hilt by the NRA at the time — used this authority to block the import of many semiautomatic weapons.

Those restrictions were relaxed under the George W. Bush administration. But as Tom Diaz, a former policy analyst for the Violence Policy Center, told NPR in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre, the authority remains on the books [. . .]

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