The White House announced on Friday that President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss options for increasing gun restrictions and is expected to announce a new executive order with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales. The set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the administration says could help curb gun deaths. The meet comes after Lynch told NBC’s Meet The Press last month that Obama would specifically call on Congress to review certain gun control measures, especially in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said that the President expected a set of recommendations on unilateral action to arrive at the beginning of the year. Plans began to become clearer on New Year’s Day with a White House announcement accompanying Obama’s weekly address that on Monday the president would meet with Lynch. Schultz said Obama was “expressing urgency” for a list of steps he can take on his own after high-profile incidents of gun violence at the end of this year.
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