President Obama is giving serious consideration to going around Congress to impose stricter background checks for gun purchases, the Washington Post reported today. 

The president is heading to Roseburg, Oregon today to meet with families and victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, which left nine people dead. 

The Post reported:

Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

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In the wake of last week’s tragedy, Obama said he had asked his team “to scrub what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

“We are hopeful we can find a way to do this,” said one senior administration official, who noted that lawyers were still working through details to ensure that the rule could pass legal muster. “It’s a lot more clear today than it was a year ago how to work this out.”

Some victims' families in southern Oregon have expressed their opposition to Obama's visit, arguing that they reject his calls for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy.

Meantime, at a campaign event earlier this week in Iowa, Hillary Clinton likened the National Rifle Association to "Iranians and communists."

"The NRA's position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the communists. Ya know, there's no possible discussion and it's for political purposes," she said, slamming the NRA for using "black helicopter" scare tactics to convince gun owners not to support stricter laws. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie railed against Obama's "politicization" of the tragedy and Clinton's comments on "Fox and Friends."

He asked whether the former First Lady had "taken leave of her senses" when she brought up negotiations with Iran. 

"She said you can't negotiate with the Iranians? That's what she was doing for four years as secretary of state. Now she supports the agreement that is gonna give Iran a nuclear weapon," he said, adding that right now Clinton's campaign is desperate and she "will say absolutely anything at any time."

Christie called Obama's remarks after the college shooting a "temper tantrum" over the gun control laws that he cannot pass through Congress.

"[It was] a temper tantrum over the things in his liberal agenda that can't get done and he uses these shootings as a chance to get it done. It's obscene. The president's wrong," said Christie. 

Watch the interview below. 


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