U.S. House members from Oklahoma oppose executive action on gun control

Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin say President Barack Obama should not try to bypass Congress and issue an executive order on gun control.

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIE PACE Published: January 11, 2013
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U.S. House members from Oklahoma commented Thursday on the prospect of executive action by President Barack Obama regarding gun control:

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville: “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: “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.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “I share the concerns of my constituents on any usurpation of power from Congress that the President might use through executive order to restrict gun rights.

“Such actions would be a blatant disregard for the legislative branch and the appropriate process of enacting laws.

“I believe at this current time, when emotions are high, it is important for leaders of our country to take a step back and make sound and rational decisions while considering all factors contributing to recent tragedies. As a Congressman representing the Third District of Oklahoma, I will continue to fight for citizens’ Second Amendment rights.”

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