President Obama announces plans to discuss executive actions on gun control

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference following the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — In President Obama’s weekly address, released online Friday morning, he announced plans to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss steps to reduce gun violence in the United States.

The President has been critical of Congress for not taking action to reduce gun deaths and is now considering executive actions that can be taken without congressional approval.

According to the Associated Press, the president will take action this coming week, by expanding background checks for gun sales.

In Nashville, gun owners spoke with News 2 while they attended the Goodman Gun Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

Gun enthusiast George Anthony said, “I think that we do need stricter gun laws, as far as background checks are concerned.”

However, Anthony felt the government would have a hard time controlling who purchased guns, even with expanded background checks. “It’s very easy for us to get on social media or different websites, and it be just like [an online gun] marketplace. We could meet in parking lots like this or your local Walmart, and be able to sell those firearms to people with no background checks or anything else involved.“

Gun owner Vonita Gray opposes the President taking executive action towards gun control. However, Gray is in favor of expanded background checks. “I don’t have any qualms about them making it a little bit harder, as far as background checks. Anyone who carries a gun, has a carry permit, like I do, is [not going to] mind having some kind of [background check],” she said.

Besides considering widening background checks, the President expressed concern about the ability for people on the Transportation Security Administration’s No-Fly list to purchase guns.

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