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Rep. Clay: Executive Order May Be Necessary On Guns

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Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay

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WASHINGTON D.C. (KMOX) - Congress has failed to pass gun reform legislation called for by President Obama, leaving open the possibility that the White House may try by executive order to change the nation’s gun laws.

U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO) says if it comes to that, he hopes an executive order would include “common sense solutions that addresses some of the shortcomings in our laws that allow people to buy unlimited amounts of ammunition and guns. I think we need to track all of that.”

Clay said Congress probably has until September to pass gun legislation before the President might act on his own. If there is an executive order, Clay predicts it will also spark a court fight.

“It will probably end up in litigation but I don’t think it would be too divisive. I think that the country still wants us to address some of this senseless violence, these mass shootings,” Rep. Clay said.

Clay also called for stricter background checks on gun purchasers.

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