Obama starts 2016 with a fight over gun control
WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch" -- and possibly "overturning its will."
At a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top law enforcement officials, Obama is expected to sign off on a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence and cracking down on unregulated gun sales.
Among other steps, Obama is expected to expand background checks on gun sales by forcing more sellers to register as federally-licensed gun dealers.
One gun control advocate, Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says there are "definitely" some things Obama could do on his own. He says his recent conversations with White House aides have left him hopeful.