Conservatives, lawmakers and gun advocates are beginning to mount a defiant opposition to President Barack Obama's plans
to order expanded background checks for gun buyers.
The go-it-alone move signals "war," Chicago radio host and former congressman Joe Walsh warns, calling it "time for civil disobedience."
As the president announced he'd meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch
on the gun order Monday, GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee is already slamming the action.
"Obama’s executive orders on gun control… are also unconstitutional and completely insane," he writes in a Facebook
"What’s worse though is this Republican-controlled Congress waves the white flag of surrender every time."
The National Rifle Association didn't immediately respond, but the influential advocacy group has previously said Obama’s "gun control agenda was rejected by Congress. Now, he is doing what he always does when he doesn’t get his way, defying the will of the people and using executive action," The Daily Caller
Another GOP presidential primary candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, has preemptively moved to halt the president's ability to enact new regulations.
Rand has introduced legislation that would decree any executive action on gun control that either infringes upon congressional authority or potentially violates the Second Amendment as "advisory only" until legislation that supported the action is passed by Congress, The Hill
"In the United States, we do not have a king, but we do have a Constitution. We also have the Second Amendment, and I will fight tooth and nail to protect it," Paul said in a statement earlier this week, the Hill reports.
The legislation is currently being fast-tracked through the Senate. It's expected to be placed on the Senate calendar for lawmakers when they return to Washington from their recess.
The legislation would also allow for any state official, member of Congress or person affected by an executive action on gun control to launch a civil lawsuit.
Other conservatives are also outraged at the planned gun order, with Bloomberg writer Paul Barrett
warning the executive action will only pour gasoline "on a fire already burning hot."
"The timing of the expected Obama move on background checks guarantees it will receive a hostile reaction from gun-rights advocates, thousands of whom will gather next month in Las Vegas for the firearm industry's annual Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show," he writes.
"While the enormous gathering in Las Vegas isn't technically an NRA event, the group's strong anti-Obama stance will almost certainly be evident there, and a fresh proposal to stiffen regulation may have the effect of pouring gasoline on a fire already burning hot."
History professor Steve Byas, from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Okla., derides the attempt to close what's been called the "gun-show loophole."
"Obama and other gun-control advocates contend that they are not in favor of outright confiscation of privately owned guns, but rather just 'common sense' laws to stop mass shootings and other acts of 'gun violence'," he writes for New American
"But as a glaring example that gun laws don't stop criminals, despite California having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country — already mandating universal background checks for all gun purchases — Syed Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik were able to legally obtain firearms and kill 14 people in San Bernardino on December 2."
"In short, closing the so-called gun show loophole would not have prevented the shooting spree in San Bernardino, yet that is what Obama called for in reaction to the massacre."
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