US President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive actions on guns as early as next week after he returns from Hawaii, according to a report. The changes would include requiring more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed and expanding background checks on gun sales, Politico reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with proposals. Other measures would require citizens to report guns that are lost or stolen. Each year, more than 32,000 people die as a consequence of gun-related violence, suicides, and accidents in the United States, which is by far the highest among industrialized countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.