Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, said Thursday that it would be “absurd” for President Barack Obama to use executive orders to limit gun ownership. Mullin was responding to a statement made Wednesday by Vice President Joe Biden that the “president is going to act” on gun control, possibly using executive orders.
Mullin said, “What the President and the Executive branch are trying to do on gun control is absurd. The President’s use of executive orders to limit Second Amendment rights is only a tactic to bypass Congress and force untested laws onto the American people.
“Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress is required to be the primary source of federal legislation, and I will fight to ensure that Congress does not abandon our responsibility to the American people by delegating our role in government to the executive branch, particularly regarding such an important issue as the Second Amendment. I will continue to fight against the President’s agenda on gun control. As American citizens we have the Constitutional right to bear arms.”
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said, “”Imposing new gun control regulations through executive order is completely unacceptable. Rushing through new laws that limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners is not the answer to gun violence. This is a complex cultural, legal and mental health issue that requires a deliberative and transparent debate among the American people and their representatives in Congress. I’m confident House Republicans would act to override any presidential order that subverts the legislative process to infringe on Second Amendment rights.”