To Start 2016, Obama's First Move Is On Guns05:42
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An employee shows handguns to customers at the RTSP shooting range in Randolph, New Jersey on December 9, 2015. President Barack Obama called for tougher gun controls in the wake of the California shootings, starting with a ban on gun purchases for anyone on a U.S. government no-fly list. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee shows handguns to customers at the RTSP shooting range in Randolph, New Jersey on December 9, 2015. President Barack Obama called for tougher gun controls in the wake of the California shootings, starting with a ban on gun purchases for anyone on a U.S. government no-fly list. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama is back from vacation in Hawaii to begin his "lame duck" final year. His first order of business looks to be a set of new executive actions to tighten the nation's gun laws.

The regulations will be aimed at expanding background checks and closing loopholes that allowed gun sellers to operate without federal licenses. NPR's Ron Elving talks with Here & Now's Robin Young about the details and the political repercussions.

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This segment aired on January 4, 2016.

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