President Donald Trump will likely sign an executive order Thursday that will expand gun control, expand background checks and impose harsher penalties on gun dealers, aides said Thursday.
The order will be unveiled on Trump’s first overseas trip as president, a stop that has drawn criticism from the NRA and gun control advocates, who fear it could lead to more violence.
Trump’s administration has faced widespread criticism for not fully implementing some of his campaign pledges and for failing to address gun violence during his first six months in office.
But it has been working to make progress in some areas.
The administration has also been working with local and state governments to expand mental health services, strengthen background checks on people who buy guns and increase the availability of ammunition for guns and assault weapons.
Trump said during a speech on Thursday that he is committed to the president’s promises to protect Second Amendment rights, but he did not provide details about the specific proposals he will sign into law.
He said he would also take steps to increase transparency in the background check system and implement additional security measures.
“We have to do something about gun violence,” Trump said at the White House.
“I will do everything in my power to do that.
I promise you that.
We’re going to do it.”
He said the measure would make it easier for law enforcement to carry guns in public places and would also address the threat posed by the Islamic State.
Trump did not address whether the measure will include a requirement that gun dealers have a security clearance.
The president has not made public the details of his proposed gun control plan, but his aides have said the focus will be on reducing gun violence.
He has said he wants to end the gun violence epidemic in the United States, but also called for more gun control measures that include expanding background checks to more stores, strengthening gun safety laws and imposing harsher penalties.
The NRA has said the order will likely lead to a surge in gun violence in the country, saying it is part of a nationwide assault on Second Amendment protections.
The organization said Thursday it is disappointed that the president is not using the executive power granted by the Second Amendment to enact comprehensive gun control.
“There is no such thing as a ‘gun control’ law,” the group said in a statement.
“The NRA is not about gun control legislation, but a law that is a clear, simple, effective, and enforceable step in the right direction.
We look forward to a bipartisan agreement that will make gun control law enforcement easier, not harder.”