(Washington Times) The big-ticket items in President Obama’s push for action on gun control will require the approval of Congress, but many of the 23 executive moves he announced Wednesday could have been taken at any time in his first term — a point that nettles those who have been advocating for stricter measures.

“It’s a disgrace that it hasn’t been done until now,” said Richard E. Gardiner, a lawyer based in Northern Virginia. “I didn’t see anything in here that they couldn’t already have been doing and in fact that the pro-gun people have been encouraging for years.”

Mr. Gardiner cited specifically improving disclosure of criminal and mental health records — an area where the National Rifle Association, the nation’s most powerful gun lobby, had been spending its own money to help states seeking to update their records.

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