Obama’s announced gun control actions draw mostly ire from N.C. Congressional delegation

WASHINGTON – Reaction to President Barack Obama’s announcement of executive action to expand background checks for firearm purchases and strengthen enforcement of gun laws was met with predictable ire from most of North Carolina’s Republican-dominated Congressional delegation. Below is a round-up of tweets and statements issued within hours of the president’s midday speech.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) issued a statement denouncing Obama’s intended actions:

“Our president remains under the impression that he is above the law. He is, once again, working around Congress to demonstrate a flagrant disregard toward our constitutional rights and the separation of powers between our three branches of government. These are not the actions of a leader – simply choosing to ignore those who disagree with him politically. This time, he has zeroed in on restricting our gun rights and access to guns. This type of go-at-it-alone behavior has not—and will not—be tolerated.   As a concealed carry permit holder myself, I will not allow for our president to trample on our right to bear arms.”

 

 

 

Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

Rep. Virginia Foxx released the following statement:

“As citizens of the United States, we are afforded basic rights and privileges under the Constitution. One of these fundamental rights is the Second Amendment, and its guarantee to keep and bear arms is clear. Today, in yet another attempt to erode our basic liberties, President Obama announced plans to undermine the will of Congress and challenge the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.

“Just like his unilateral actions on immigration, this proposal is an overreach of the president’s Constitutionally-granted executive authority. It is also an attempt to distract from his failed policies to combat terrorism and improve the economy – issues I’m hearing about from my constituents every day. Congressional refusal to pass bad policy does not transfer legislative authority to the president, and I will fight against this attempt to diminish our constitutional rights.”