At a news conference on Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a $500 million package with 23 executive actions and proposals to reduce gun violence. This after the President promised stricter gun legislation on the heels of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December. The shooting left 20 elementary school students and 6 adults dead..
The President's package included a call for change when it comes to military assault rifles, background checks and gun loopholes in the gun sale background check system. The President asked Congress to take action in helping to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and to also get a tougher hold on people who buy guns with the intent to sell them to criminals.
All of this is just an extending arm of the package already put together by Vice President Joe Biden and his task force of individuals from various agencies and organizations.
Just a short time after the President headed to the Oval Office to sign the executive orders after the press conference, Florida Senator Bill Nelson responded with the following:
"I'm hunter and I've always owned guns, and I'll be hunting pythons in the Everglades this week. What President Obama is proposing is not an assault on the Second Amendment. Why in the world would we not want to check to see if a person buying a weapon has a criminal record? And why wouldn't we want limits on assault weapons like AK-47s? People are buying assault weapons to kill others, not to hunt. And when assault rifles are used to kill children, it's time for America to act. This is a problem that common sense and moderation should dictate what the law should be. "
The National Rifle Association (NRA) tells ABC Action News they will have a comment sometime this afternoon regarding the President's proposals.