Obama may expand background checks on gun sales: news reports

Obama delivers remarks on the recent shootings in San BernardinoBy Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive actions expanding background checks on gun sales, media outlets reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with White House proposals and planning. The changes, which could come as soon as next week, would include requiring more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed and to conduct a background check whenever selling a weapon, Politico reported. A White House spokesman said Obama was aware that Congress was unlikely to take legislative action to reform gun laws as he has demanded.

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