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President Barack Obama has taken actions over the US gun control laws by widening background checks on buyers of firearms.

The new measures meant to address gun violence will be announced on January 5 by the president, despite opposition from Congress to new gun laws.

All sellers who operate online or at gun shows will be forced to conduct background checks on potential buyers.

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he would fight the executive actions “tooth and nail”.

Several of his Republican rivals said they would erase the measures “on day one” if they win the White House.

However, Barack Obama says his new measures will be within his legal authority and consistent with the Second Amendment, which grants Americans the right to bear arms.Barack Obama Loretta Lynch gun control laws

While they will not solve every violent crime in the US, he said, they will potentially “save lives and spare families the pain” of loss.

Under the plan announced on January 4 by the White House:

  • All sellers must be licensed and conduct background checks, overturning current exemptions to some online and gun show sellers
  • States must provide information on people disqualified due to mental illness or domestic violence
  • FBI will increase workforce processing background checks by 50%, hiring more than 230 new examiners
  • Congress will be asked to invest $500 million to improve access to mental healthcare
  • The departments of defense, justice and homeland security will explore “smart gun technology” to improve gun safety

On January 4, Barack Obama heard recommendations from Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top law enforcement officials.

The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, accused President Barack Obama of “dismissiveness” towards Americans who value the right to bear arms.

Paul Ryan said in a statement: “This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it.”

New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch has been nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Eric Holder as US attorney general, the White House announces.

If the Senate confirms her appointment, Loretta Lynch will be the first African-American woman to head the US Justice Department.

Eric Holder, who resigned from the post six weeks ago, was the first African-American to serve as attorney general.

The White House said Loretta Lynch would be formally nominated on November 8.

Correspondents say Loretta Lynch, 55, is known for her low-key personality and has stirred little controversy during her two tenures as US attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Loretta Lynch will be the first African-American woman to head the US Justice Department

Loretta Lynch will be the first African-American woman to head the US Justice Department

“Ms Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important US Attorney’s Offices in the country,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

Her nomination comes after Republicans won control of the Senate in Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

Loretta Lynch – a North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer – was one of several candidates Eric Holder had recommended to succeed him.

She has experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases.

Eric Holder, 63, led the justice department for six years, earning praise from President Barack Obama who called him “the people’s lawyer”.

However, Eric Holder frequently clashed with Republicans in Congress over issues including gun control and same-gender marriage.

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