Obama to use executive authority for gun laws

US President Barack Obama (Reuters)
US President Barack Obama (Reuters)

US President Barack Obama plans to meet the attorney general and use his executive authority in a bid to stop US gun violence.

Obama announced on Friday (local time) that he wants to discuss with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch how to reduce gun violence in the country, Reuters reports.

The president has urged Congress to tighten gun laws, following the recent massacres in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino, but has become frustrated at little action.

Instead he will use executive action, which does not require congressional approval.

The Washington Post reports Obama and Lynch will finalise actions on guns that will be unveiled next week.

"We know that we can't stop every act of violence," Obama said in his weekly address. "But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?"

The Post says he will use executive authority to expand background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume dealers.

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