Closing out his eight-year reign, President Obama is starting his final year with a bold move this coming Thursday.
On Monday, the White House announced a town hall hosted by CNN in non-other than Fairfax, Virginia – home to the headquarters of the National Rifle Association.
The townhall will also take place during the first board meeting of the NRA for 2016.
Rumors have circulated for weeks that Obama would use executive powers to enact gun control during his final year.
The first action leaked that would require casual gun sellers to register with the ATF.
Other actions are rumored to include ammunition control, supply manipulation and prohibiting the personal manufacturing of so-called “Ghost Guns.”
Obama’s townhall on Thursday will serve as the stepping off point for a year long campaign to limit the 2nd Amendment and remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens.
CNN, serving as the event’s host in conjunction with George Mason University, will place Anderson Cooper as the moderator and allow questions from the audience.
Note that audience members of presidential events must be vetted for “security” 24 to 48 hours in advance.
White House officials say that Thursday’s event will focus on closing the so-called “gun show loophole” and will correspond with Obama’s executive action to require sellers to go through an bureaucratic quagmire of forms and inspections to become licensed with the ATF. The move would also require any sales made by casual “dealers” to include background checks of buyers.