Gun control reforms are “not far in the future,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at his briefing on Thursday, the Huffington Post reported.
Carney said the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder are leading the effort to craft changes to current gun rules. And those changes are sure to be enacted, as they are going to be implemented in the form of administrative and executive orders rather than legislation that would face strong Republican opposition in Congress and the powerful National Rifle Association.
“The president directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Carney said. “That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues and we expect to have more specific announcements in the near future.”
The Huffington Post reports that the meetings started in the wake of the shooting which nearly killed Representative Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.) and killed a chief federal judge and five others.
And though Carney’s statement makes it likely that those meetings are soon to produce concrete results, the Huffington Post quotes an anonymous source as saying that the reforms are “not huge in scope” and limited to modest measures, such as the ones President Barack Obama advocated in his op-ed soon after the Tucson shooting.