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President Obama Speaks on Gun Violence

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President Obama is asking Congress to expand background checks on gun buyers to include private sales and is using his executive authority to increase the information available in data banks for the background check system.

The White House is calling background checks the most efficient and effective way to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.

Obama wants Congress to close loopholes that permit private gun transactions to be sold without a background check.

The White House says nearly 40% of gun sales are made through private individuals, who are currently not required to do background checks for their buyers.

Obama is also ordering federal agencies to make "relevant data" available to the federal background check system and to remove barriers that might keep states from giving information, particularly mental health data for background checks.