Unless you were living under a rock during the last week, you likely heard and read a lot about President Barack Obama's new executive actions that he says are intended to reduce gun violence. The measures increase requirements for background checks for purchasing firearms, including purchases at gun shows and over the Internet. In Obama's 2017 budget, he's included funding for 200 additional ATF agents to more thoroughly enforce existing gun laws. Also included are measures that would increase mental health reporting in background checks. Read a complete rundown of everything in the executive orders here
Wyoming federal delegation, however, have spoken out against the
“President Obama’s words and actions on gun control today are a desperate
attempt by a last term president to come up with legacy points," U.S. Rep.
Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo, said. "The President cannot claim to respect the
Constitution while at the same time use the swipe of his pen to impose
restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. In
Wyoming, we know the value of the Second Amendment and understand its
importance for self-defense and safeguarding our liberty. Neither the
Republican Congress nor the American people will stand for infringement of
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said Obama has no respect for citizens' right to
bear arms and called the executive orders an "overreach" of power.
"Federal gun rights restrictions are not guaranteed to stop violence," Enzi
said. "I believe we need to keep guns out of the hands of bad people, but
there has to be a balance between protecting our citizens and our
Sen. John Barrasso echoed his counter-parts statements regarding the
President's attempt at a legacy. However, he did note that existing laws
should be enforced and that the mental health issues that contribute to gun
violence needs to be addressed.
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