The possibility that President Barack Obama may crack down on gun ownership by using executive orders has Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas threatening to file articles of impeachment to stop an infringement on the “constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.”
Stockman was reacting to Obama’s statement at a press conference Monday that he would consider such action to ban certain firearms but that he would limit enacting regulations that way, according to The Hill.
The freshman member of Congress said in a statement Monday that he would seek to “thwart” an attempt by Obama to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans, including eliminating funds to enforce any new laws, defunding the White House and filing articles of impeachment.
"The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible,” Stockman said.
"The president’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office," he continued, "they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger. If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist."
During a press conference earlier in the day, Obama said he would be reviewing Vice President Joe Biden’s recommendations on how to reduce gun violence across the country - including the possibility that we would issue executive orders for certain ones, though if he did they would be limited.
The president did not refer to any specific proposals or legislation, saying only that “responsible gun owners, they don’t have anything to worry about.”
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