President Obama formally announced his executive order today requiring all gun sellers to register as dealers. 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, whose district includes Newtown, was at the White House announcement.
After meeting with the President yesterday, Esty said background checks save lives. She said today's action is a necessary, responsible next step to update an exceptionally vague definition in the current background check system that some bad actors exploit in order to sell a high volume of guns without ever conducting a background check.
Today, Jimmy Greene and Mark Barden stood with the President during his announcement. Ana Grace Marquez-Greene and Daniel Barden were among the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook School.