“Enhancing public safety and reducing the impact of gun violence on our communities must be a top priority, but the President is once again attempting to side-step the legislative branch, this time to restrict gun rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am extremely concerned at the President’s executive actions. As Arkansas Attorney General, I have a duty to protect Arkansans and to make sure our fundamental, Constitutional rights are not violated.”
The executive actions the president announced today trample the Constitution and undermine our unalienable right to bear arms. They purposely seek to blur legal lines and intimidate individuals from exercising their right to buy or sell a firearm. Criminals or other mentally ill individuals who wish to inflict harm with guns will not be deterred by speeches or presidential memos-and the president shouldn't punish law-abiding citizens in an attempt to prove they will. Today, President Obama has once again chosen to bypass Congress and instead use executive fiat to force his own agenda on the American people. Rest assured, Congress won't be ignored and I am committed to protecting your Second Amendment rights.
“On the issue of violent attacks from armed gunmen, my background has allowed me the opportunity to examine closely this issue from every side and I disagree with the President’s approach. Today, the President reinforced what we’ve come to expect: he would rather circumvent the American people, Congress and the Constitution in an effort to accomplish his agenda. The actions outlined in his executive order are largely the same new restrictions that Congress has already rejected.
“I, too, agree that the safety and security of Americans should come first. That’s why I would encourage the President to use his last year in office in developing a more effective strategy and action plan against ISIS and other terror threats targeting the United States. He has an opportunity to lead and unify but instead the President has opted to attack the Second Amendment and law abiding citizens through a divisive plan that will not save any lives."
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