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What President Obama's Expected Executive Order Could Mean

Gun

President Obama is expected to make an announcement on gun regulations Tuesday. Indiana University professor and former head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Paul Helmke expects Obama to use his executive order to reinterpret existing laws. He says the announcement may include executive orders that affect how guns are sold and the procedure surrounding lost or stolen guns.

Open Air Gun Shows

Helmke says open air gun markets allow sellers to avoid federal background checks and paperwork by selling guns as an individual seller at a gun show.

"They come in with their so-called private collection, which consists of dozens or hundreds of the same make and model of guns," Helmke says. "They sell those one weekend in Indianapolis, one weekend in Fort Wayne. Perhaps the next weekend in Columbus, Ohio."

Lost Or Stolen Guns

Helmke says another part of the executive order could require those with lost and stolen guns to report their missing firearms after they disappear.

The Indianapolis City Council passed an ordinance stating that lost and stolen guns would need to be reported within 48 hours of the time they go missing. Former Indianapolis Mayor Ballard vetoed the bill on Christmas Eve saying that is “contrary to state law.”

An executive order override from Obama would override state legislation.

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