Congressman Kevin Brady, (R-TX), a senior House Republican and Chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, is speaking out about President Obama’s Executive Orders targeting gun rights. In a statement to US Daily Review, Brady wrote:
“Gun violence is real, but nothing will change as long as President Obama keeps ignoring mental health care while targeting law-abiding citizens who responsibly exercise their second amendment rights.
Let’s be honest, Mr. President, you’re playing politics and trying to circumvent Congress because your dictates are outdated, unconstitutional and won’t make this country one ounce safer. Until you get serious about real mental health care in America, I’ll fight hard to stop these political games.”
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), a former CIA officer, spoke out about the President’s decision as well, stating: “President Obama’s announcement of his executive order to restrict the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens is yet another attempt to circumvent the legislative branch and impose his agenda on the American public. The President is ignoring that the law already requires people who sell firearms for a living to be licensed. He should instead target the criminals who aren’t following the law in the first place. The level of executive overreach is outrageous and is another assault on the liberties our nation was built upon. I am a firm believer in the plain language of the Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms. Congress will conduct vigilant oversight and this executive order will no doubt be challenged in the courts.”
Background: The Obama Administration is considering redefining “engaged in the business,” which is defined in current Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations. The goal is to redefine the term to include more non-licensees in the definition of “dealer,” so as to expand the number of background checks.
For further information on ATF regulations click here.
Note: President Obama’s weak $500 million commitment to mental health care represents merely one hour of federal spending and no real solutions.