New Presidential budget allocates money for gun control

Thursday, March 6, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Chris Eger

President Obama released his 2015 federal budget request Tuesday that includes a $182 million in funding for new gun control measures.

The $3.9 trillion FY2015 budget asks for increased funding for the ATF as well as the FBI’s NICS program, safety research, active shooter training and other expenditures that are being aimed at preventing gun violence.

In a statement from the White House on these requests, the President is tacking them to his 2013 “Now is the Time” program, which was introduced in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

With the budget, the President aims to improve background checks, inspections of Federally-licensed firearms dealers, tracing and ballistics analysis, and to ramp up programs to identify the dangerously mentally ill. It will also offer funds for training state and local law enforcement to prevent and respond to active shooters, and other measures to enhance school security.

This improvements are salted across the entire budget, with several departments and agencies seeing a boost even as spending is being curtailed across government.

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