Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack
Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of
local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and
give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun
crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor
commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun
owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who
shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and
making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the
expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong
on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.
So what's the story here?
First, the Tiahrt Amendment is a budgetary rider that forbids the federal BATFE (the agency in charge of regulating firearms) from sharing certain types of gun trace data. It does NOT forbid sharing information necessary for local law enforcement to investigate crimes; instead, it protects information that many local governments have sought solely for the purpose of formulating lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.
"Common sense" measures for keeping guns away from criminals and children are already in place.
Closing the "gun show loophole" is nonsense; there is no such loophole. What Obama wants here to is make all firearms sales require government permission and recordkeeping, ie, firearms registration.
"Childproofing" guns is basically impossible. Young children should not have access to firearms at all; older children should be supervised; that's common sense. What Obama means here is that he wants "smart guns" which only fire for the "authorized user". The problem is, that technology doesn't exist.
And of course the assault weapons ban is self-explanatory at this point. It had no effect on crime, bans cosmetic features that make no functional difference to the firearm, and is generally a worthless piece of annoyance.