President Obama is announcing a series of executive actions designed to combat gun violence, including a regulatory change designed to make it harder for gun buyers to avoid background checks. Obama plans to detail the moves on Tuesday with a statement in the White House East Room.

“It will potentially save lives in this country and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they’ve suffered as a consequence of a firearm being in the hands of the wrong people,” Obama said Monday, after meeting privately to discuss the measures with the attorney general, the FBI director, and the…

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