Opponents of stricter gun rules speak out against executive action announced by U.S. President Barack Obama. Gavino Garay reports.
Gun control opponents in Virginia, spoke out against a new executive action announced by U.S. President Barack Obama that would require more gun sellers to get licenses and more buyers to undergo background checks. The new rules also impose stiffer restrictions on gun buyers purchasing weapons over the internet. Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt, says Obama is overstepping his boundaries. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA, LARRY PRATT, SAYING: "We think that the executive orders are an arrogation of power, that the president doesn't have the ability to legislate constitutionally... If he wanted to advocate change in the law that would actually be beneficial he could work with us to get rid of gun free zones because all of our mass murders in public have occurred since 1950, all but two, in these gun free zones." Obama made the announcement at the White House, where he reflected on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 that left 20 children killed at the hands of a gunman. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. By the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day." Obama say the new rules are "consistent with the Second Amendment" -- referring to the constitutional right to bear arms.