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President Barack Obama is expected to announce new gun control curbs this week, but he will have to decide whether to take bold action that would likely spark a major legal challenge from opponents or a more cautious route that may be less effective, legal experts said.Obama, who has been thwarted by the Republican-controlled Congress in his push for tighter gun control legislation, could act through an executive order, which would be immediate and carry the force of law. It would also almost certainly prompt lawsuits by gun advocates claiming the president lacks the authority to change the legal definition of who must obtain a dealer's license. This would be advisory and lack the force of law, which would mean that prosecutors could not rely on it when pursuing small gun dealers.Obama could choose an even more cautious route and direct the ATF to begin the formal administrative rule-making process to change its regulations for who is considered a firearms dealer under the existing Gun Control Act.
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