TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - "If just one life can be saved we've got an obligation to try," President Barack Obama said.
President Obama is set on enforcing stricter guidelines to curb gun violence in Wednesday's address.
This includes a universal background check, restoring the ban on assault weapons and restricting weapon magazines to ten bullets.
However, what will this mean for you?
News 10 spoke with someone that knows law enforcement and gun, Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing.
He said the first step, is enforcing a stricter background check, fixing original loop holes.
"That is a good thing because it does hold everybody to the same set of procedures regardless of when you're buying it," Sheriff Ewing said.
News 10 asks: what separates an assault weapon from all the others in being damaging?
"That particular weapon is designed to wreak total destruction and havoc, that weapon is designed to spray bullets as many as it can fire and as quickly as it can fire, so as to where a handgun, you're pulling the trigger, pulling the trigger, pulling the trigger," Sheriff Ewing said.
News 10 asks, why is it important to limit the magazine to ten rounds?
"Ten is better than 1,000," he said.
Stricter guidelines that likely won't eliminate the problem or make the gun debate any less complicated.
"Is it hard for law enforcement to enforce the thousands of laws that are in the books? Yes. Do I think that adding more will further complicate that? Yes," he said.
All 23 orders are listed below:
1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."
2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."
3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."
4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."
5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."
6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."
7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."
8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."
9. "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."
10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."
11. "Nominate an ATF director."
12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."
13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."
14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."
15. "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."
16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."
17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."
18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."
19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."
20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."
21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."
22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."
23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."
These are merely proposals until Congress decides whether to sign them into laws.
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A four car accident in eastern Vigo County leaves one person dead.
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