This post was updated at 3:21pm ET to reflect Tuesday’s developments.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will require those selling guns—whether at a flea market or online—to register as a firearms dealer and to perform background checks on gun purchasers.
The chief executive’s announcement, during a teary-eyed national speech, comes following a spate of mass shootings nationwide and a month after the Senate voted against a measure that would have barred gun sales to people on federal terror watchlists. Another gun-control measure to expand background checks at gun shows, and for online purchases, also failed. Obama met Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and James Comey, the FBI director.
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