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Obama’s budget proposal includes billions for gun control

President Obama doubled down on his commitment to gun control Tuesday in the 2017 budget proposal he sent to Congress.

The $4.1 trillion budget request, which represents President Obama’s wish list, was met with sharp Republican criticism. The proposal calls for funding increases at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI to fight gun violence.

The ATF budget request is $1.3 billion, of which more than $35 million will be spent hiring 200 additional agents to reduce gun violence. The FBI is also requesting more money to hire an additional 230 employees to speed up the process to background checks on gun sales.

The budget request also includes more funding for mental healthcare and gun safety technology, among other things.

These are all priorities Obama mentioned last month when he announced his executive action on gun control.

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