President Obama officially unveiled his plans to require all gun dealers to perform background checks before selling anyone a firearm. He did so during an emotional speech at the White House on Tuesday in front of the families and friends of the victims of gun violence. Amy Schumer was in the audience, sitting in the front row. Schumer has worked on behalf of gun control since a gunman shot and killed two people and injured nine others during a showing of her movie Trainwreck in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana over the summer.
Schumer has worked with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, to call on Congress to pass a law ending the loophole that allows people to buy firearms at gun shows and online without a background check. The Republican-controlled Congress has not enacted such legislation, but Obama intends to sidestep Congress with an executive order that closes these loopholes and imposes fines and possible prison time for gun dealers who violate the law.
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