Rand Paul To Challenge Obama’s Gun Control Executive Actions

The Huffington Post 
by Posted: 01/16/2013 9:36 pm EST
Updated: 01/16/2013 9:48 pm EST

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.

“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 Rudolfreport:

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.”

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5 Responses to Rand Paul To Challenge Obama’s Gun Control Executive Actions

  1. Angel says:

    Agree or disagree with the article below but it has some good links to educate yourselves on what goes on so that you don’t have to rely on someone else’s interpretation of these actions. Form your own opinion. Here’s the link: http://www.progressivepress.net/sloppy-reporting-misleads-the-public-on-obamas-executive-orders/

  2. Pingback: Obama’s Actions May Bring About A 2nd American Revolution – Patriot Warrior

  3. Tyler Durden says:

    Still think Mr. Obama is of the light lol?

  4. Bill says:

    I’m not down on Obama but i am down on double standards!! the second amendment is not talking about hunting rifles but guns that can make your government do what its suppose to do!! First of all NDAA and now take away guns, what is lopsided about this crappy deal for us especially when all the gun crimes are really 1/2 of what they used to be! Kind of smacks hidden agenda!!! As we all know something isn’t right with our government and its covert services and sponsorship with covering up massad operations. we need to look at all so called mass shootings/911 ect. as internal stink of our shadow government and massad. Israel needs to stand on its own!!!

  5. Yes I think he wants to be the first king of America.The problem is we don’t want a king and so is he going to force him self in? Not with out a war so how take guns away I don’t think so his ego can’t be that big can it.Did he go to school to learn how he could maybe.He knows the banks did it so far so all he has to do is clean up the rest. He has TV and the banks did all the hard work the last faze is gun’s.People thats all that is left we are slaves to the fed and corp.rule now.Why you ask does guns fit into this? Fema camps they are not there for looks people the plan is to thin us out they all have said it. The funny thing is you voted all of them well 80% of them back in office. I know you say I DID NOT the truth is you did how many people vote the way your party said to? Now ask yourself why did I do that ? They told you to .Now if you and a person differ and fight over things would you play golf with this person. They do if you lost your job to some one would you support that person after you lost that job.They don’t care they get money both ways get it.How did the mob work thats how they work.Only its legal when you are above the law.Its one big club and we are not in it.Whos in the club you ask? Well try to get in at Bohemian Grove if you do your in.

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