Obama’s got his pen out and there’s apparently nothing stopping him.
“In short order,” Barack Obama will sign an executive order expanding background checks to people on the “no-fly” list and at gun shows, bypassing congressional approval.
At a vigil for the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett told the crowd that President Obama told his team to “submit a proposal” for his review “in short order.”
He had previously told his administration to find a loophole around the Constitution and the “Separation of Powers” so he could impose gun control without any input from the legislative branch.
In the wake of last week’s terror attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Obama called on Congress to approve legislation to keep people on the no-fly list from buying guns. Gun rights advocates oppose the proposal because they say it violates the rights of people who have not been convicted of a crime.
On Thursday, the House rejected an attempt by Democrats to force a vote on the issue. A Senate version of legislation preventing suspected terrorists from being allowed to buy firearms from licensed gun dealers was voted down last week.
Obama has repeatedly referred to the non-existent “we can’t wait” clause of the Constitution, telling the American people that if Congress won’t act, “I will.” On immigration, so-called “climate change” and guns, Obama thinks he has the authoritarian power to make laws.
Perhaps Obama’s getting his gun-control “executive authority” from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Mallow, who said he, too, wants to sign executive orders on gun control. The Hill reports:
A proposal Obama is reportedly considering would classify more sellers as high-volume dealers, which would close a legal loophole that allows many sales conducted online or at gun shows to skirt existing background check provisions.
But such a measure would surely prompt a legal challenge from gun rights groups, which say Obama lacks the authority to tighten background checks alone. The National Rifle Association and GOP lawmakers have blasted the idea as executive overreach.
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