- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

President Obama met with former New York City mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg Wednesday to discuss stricter gun regulations as the president readies executive action on firearms.

The White House said Mr. Bloomberg and the president “discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America.”

Mr. Obama thanked Mr. Bloomberg, head of the anti-gun advocacy group Everytown, “for his dedication to such an important issue,” the White House said. Senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett also attended the meeting.

The president is preparing to issue executive actions to impose more limits on gun ownership without congressional action. Among the likely moves by Mr. Obama is expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Mr. Bloomberg and his group have been pressuring the White House to take executive actions on guns, including a regulation stating that high-volume gun dealers are “engaged in the business” of selling firearms and must obtain dealer licenses and comply with background checks on all gun sales.

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