Rand Paul To Challenge Obama’s Gun Control Executive Actions

January 18, 2013 1:10 am  

(Huffington Post) – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is proposing legislation to nullify President Obama’s executive actions on gun policy, claiming that the president’s actions are a breach of constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

During a Wednesday appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” the Republican senator outlined his plan to challenge Obama’s anti-gun violence package.

FAX BLAST SPECIAL: Impeach Obama NOW! For sedition against the Constitution!

“Our founding fathers were very concerned about us having separation of powers. They didn’t want to let the president become a king.” Paul said. “In this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation.”

Paul continued: “I’m afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing … I think there’s a history of this arrogance.”

Talking Points Memo offered more details on Paul’s plan:

“We only have descriptions of the executive actions, yet many could be construed to describe an attempt by the executive to make laws in violation of the Article 1, Sec. 8 of the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment,” reads the one-page summary of the Paul plan shared with TPM by his staff.

Paul’s bill will set out to nullify Obama’s executive actions, deny any federal funding for their implementation, and allow members of Congress and state officials to challenge the actions in court.

Paul acknowledged that he may have trouble garnering support for his proposal in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority.

“This idea of checks and balances and separation of powers should be a fundamental one,” Paul said. “I’m afraid that there isn’t much support on the Democratic side, but we’ll see.”

Earlier Wednesday, Obama unveiled his recommendations to Congress on how to reform gun control policy, and announced the implementation of 23 executive actions. The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and John Rudolf report:

The proposal, which comes at the end of a month-long review process spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, is broken down into four key subsections: law enforcement, the availability of dangerous firearms and ammunition, school safety and mental health.

In an effort to touch on all four of those elements, the president recommended requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; eliminating armor-piercing bullets; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies. The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds.

Because these recommendations require congressional approval, the administration is supplementing its proposal with 23 executive actions that will be taken immediately. Those actions include requiring federal agencies to hand over relevant data for a background check system; providing law enforcement officials, first responders and school officials with better training for active shooting situations; directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence; and many more.

“I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” Obama said of his recommendations. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

Obama’s proposals were met with outcry from conservatives and guns rights groups, including the National Rifle Association.

“Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation,” read a statement released by the NRA. “Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.”

One lawmaker, Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), suggested that Obama could be impeached over the executive actions.

“It is one of those times in our history, we are at this breaking point,” Radel said. “We have completely lost our checks and balances in this country, the Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions that he’s making right now, and that why again, I would say that all options should be on the table.”

And in Tennessee, a Republican state representative proposed legislation that would ban the enforcement of any new federal gun laws implemented as a result of Obama’s proposals, claiming that the president’s actions mark a “blatant assault on the Second Amendment.”

Earlier this week, Paul told CBN News that he believed any executive action taken by Obama on gun policy would be monarchical.

“I’m against having a king,” Paul said. “I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.”


Texas Official Invites NY Gun Owners to Lone Star State
Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

Top Stories

The Rise of Liberal Intolerance in America (FT) - It ought to be a triumphal moment for American liberalism. In the space of a few years gay marriage has been accepted, marijuana has been lega...
VIDEO: Muslim Tries to Strangle Orthodox Jew Outside Synagogue &#... (Daily Mail) - Video footage shows the 39-year-old man arguing with a group of Orthodox Jews outside the Adass Israel Synagogue in Ripponlea, south of...
Sessions DESTROYS Obama, Reveals 15 Refugees Revealed to Be Jihad... (Breitbart) - Sen. Jeff Sessions is out with a list of 15 vetted refugees who quickly joined jihad plots to attack the United States. He’s spotli...
What the UN Just Discovered in Iran Should be a Terrifying Wake-U... (Allen West) - Look, I know some of you out there STILL fawn all over President Barack Obama. However, at some point there has to be a realization tha...
‘Refugee’ Terrorists Arrested in the U.S. (ABC News) - Of the 31 states that have declared their opposition to taking in Syrian refugees, one state, Kentucky, has a specific reason to be wary...
Ted Cruz UNLEASHED: Barack Obama Is ‘An Apologist For Radic... Dear Fellow Tea Party Loyalist, I’m about to reveal something shocking to you. I really thought long and hard but I have to share it with you....


Please help us stay spam-free. Mouse over a spam post and click the X to report spam.