A little more than two weeks after President Obama took office, the administration is poised to make a major announcement on gun control measures at the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
On Monday, the White House is expected to announce the creation of a task force to examine ways to strengthen background checks for private sales, as well as a proposal to expand background checks to private gun sales by federally licensed gun dealers.
But the president has also pledged to take another step toward gun control: banning military-style assault weapons.
The announcement comes as the White, House and Senate are both preparing for a big legislative battle over gun control legislation.
The Senate is pushing through legislation to expand gun ownership and sales, while the White is moving to make it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons.
But both chambers are also preparing to fight another battle: the effort to pass gun control bills through Congress.
The White House has said it plans to introduce new gun control proposals before the summer.
The NRA and other gun-rights groups have warned that if Congress fails to pass new gun-control legislation by the end of the year, they will move to try to block any future gun legislation.
“The president’s gun policy has already made it harder for families to defend themselves, their loved ones, and their communities,” NRA President Chris Cox said in a statement on Monday.
“We have already seen the consequences of the president’s failed approach, and now we’re seeing the consequences for our families and our communities.”
Background checks could be a boon for private gun buyers The White house has already indicated that it will not allow private gun sellers to sell weapons to people who are prohibited from buying guns.
The president announced in January that private sellers could no longer sell guns to people whose license to purchase guns was revoked, a move that was blocked by Congress in June.
But after a surge in background check requests and the expiration of a previous ban on gun sales to the mentally ill, the president announced on Tuesday that private sales of weapons to the same individuals are allowed again.
“It is the administration’s belief that individuals who have been involuntarily committed to mental health facilities, or have committed crimes, and are prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition should not be able to purchase firearms,” the White house said in the statement.
“This includes anyone who has a mental illness and who is prohibited by federal law or the laws of any state or the District of Columbia from purchasing a firearm.”
If a private seller can meet the qualifications, the seller could then pass the sale to the buyer’s background check and buy the weapon, the statement added.
Background checks can also be a burden on states, but the White has suggested that private gun owners can still get a free pass.
“When a private individual purchases a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer, the purchaser is required to complete a background check,” the statement said.
“State and local governments can then complete their own background checks on the purchaser and ensure that the individual is not ineligible for any federal, state, or local government benefit.”
The White said that the president is working to get a bill through Congress that would allow private sellers to conduct background checks, and that it is working on a proposal that would expand background check to private sales.
But Cox said that he expects the White to continue to oppose the bill, arguing that gun ownership would make it harder to stop gun violence.
“I don’t see a way this bill can pass Congress and that is why we are working so hard to defeat this bill, because it would have a devastating impact on communities of color, the mentally unbalanced, and people of color,” Cox said.