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Oklahoma members of Congress react to President Barack Obama's gun control proposals

Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation come out strongly against the president's proposals, which include a new ban on certain types of assault weapons.
by Chris Casteel Modified: January 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville

“The Constitution was not written by the government to tell the people what rights they had. The Constitution was written by the people to limit the government's power. What the Obama administration is proposing in potential legislative actions and executive orders is a violation of Second amendment rights, which guarantee us the right to keep and bear arms.

“In Oklahoma, there are many law-abiding citizens who hunt, fish and keep guns for self-protection. The last thing we need to do infringe upon the rights of those citizens. Criminals who chose to break the law will not be deterred by any number of executive actions. These rights are a fundamental way of life for people in my district and across the United States.

“The president is politicizing a national tragedy to impose his own personal agenda. This is outrageous and an outright assault on civil liberties. I strongly oppose restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and will do everything I can to protect our second amendment rights.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne

“President Obama's announcement that his administration will be using executive actions to implement additional gun control is deeply troubling to me.

“Bypassing Congress to implement stricter gun laws is not the solution to preventing violence in our country. In the wake of recent tragedies, I believe it is important for leaders of our country to take a step back and calmly evaluate all factors, including mental health factors, contributing to recent tragedies. I can assure my constituents in the Third District I will fight against the president's gun control agenda and oppose any attempt to instate new laws infringing on citizens' Second Amendment rights.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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