ICYMI: Idaho Delegation Blasts Obama Exec. Action on Guns

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BOISE • Idaho’s Washington D.C. delegation joined many of their fellow Republicans on Tuesday in publicly condemning President Obama’s executive action to expand background checks to more smaller-scale sellers.

“This Administration pushes constitutional boundaries by implementing policies that should be considered, debated, and voted on by Congress,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson. “Limiting the ability of law abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights to own firearms will not address the crime problem. We should focus on improving the care of the mentally ill and enforcing the laws we have in place to ensure that they are kept out of the hands of violent criminals.”

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said that, in refusing to pass additional gun legislation, the Senate was doing its job in representing the majority of Americans who elected a pro-gun rights Congress.

“I fully understand that the president and the left strongly disagree with Congress’ refusal to further restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners but that is the right of the Congress, and indeed, it is their duty and constitutional responsibility to the people who elected them,” Risch said. “Those like the president, who want stricter gun laws, must do so by electing a pro-gun control Congress and not try unconstitutional lawmaking by the executive branch.”

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador said Obama “ignored the will of the American people and subverted our Constitution.”

“When this president doesn’t get what he wants, he acts unilaterally — as he has done repeatedly in the past on immigration, environmental regulation and Obamacare,” Labrador said. “Now, the president is putting election-year politics ahead of the Bill of Rights.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo similarly cast the order as an example of a pattern of executive overreach.

“This order makes it harder for law-abiding, responsible Idahoans to purchase firearms,” he said. “The Second Amendment is unambiguous on the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms and I will continue to fight the president’s efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from exercising those rights.”

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