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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 Chris Casteel Published: January 11, 2013
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“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.”

From staff reports

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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