Abbott, Paxton react to Obama’s executive actions on gun control

By David Yates | Jan 6, 2016

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott, who frequently sued the Obama Administration as attorney general, had a few words for the president on Tuesday, Jan. 5, after he announced his plans for executive actions on gun control.

“The Bill of Rights was added as a specific safeguard to prevent the federal government from denying Americans those guaranteed rights,” said Abbott. “Today, the President trampled the purpose and substance of the Bill of Rights by unilaterally imposing Second Amendment restrictions.”

Obama seeks to: keep guns out of dangerous hands through more stringent background checks; safeguard communities from gun violence by increasing agency resources; increase mental heath treatment; and improve gun safety technology.

“After failing to pass gun control measures through Congress, the president is yet again resorting to unilateral executive action in place of the democratic process,” said Abbott.

“Despite the President’s latest attempt to undermine our liberty, Texas will take every action to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton also released a statement declaring Texas would fight the executive actions.

“Once more President Obama is pushing his personal and political agenda, attacking the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Paxton.

“I stand ready to fight back against any overreach that will deny or infringe on their rights. If the president is truly concerned about keeping our communities and schools safe, he should share the same sense of urgency in closing security gaps – some of his own making – that have made a mockery of our borders and are inviting potential terrorists to infiltrate and attack our nation from within.”

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