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Source: Obama to act on gun background checks

Posted: 3:24 PM, Dec 31, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-31 20:24:24Z
Source: Obama to act on gun background checks

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action next week to expand when background checks are conducted on gun sales.

That's according to an individual whose gun control advocacy group has been briefed by administration officials about the timing. The person was not authorized to discuss details before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

White House officials won't confirm the timing. Spokesman Eric Schultz says the president has asked his team to see if additional action can be taken administratively to address gun violence and that the president expects the work to be completed soon.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said earlier this month that recommendations being submitted to Obama will include measures to expand background checks.