Obama’s budget calls for more Justice Department spending

April 10, 2013
(Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)
(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The Obama administration’s 2014 budget proposal includes an extra $173 million for Justice Department programs to combat gun violence, including additional background checks and more frequent inspections of federally licensed firearms dealers. Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is able to inspect individual gun stores once every several years because of a lack of personnel.

The budget also includes $222 million in funding for state and local programs to foster gun safety, including proposed improvements to the system of submitting state criminal and mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Other measures include police training and the development of better gun safety mechanisms.

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