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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Gun Executive Orders Unconstitutional

January 5, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Tuesday in response to President Obama’s executive order regarding guns:

The President should be working with Congress to address the real causes of gun violence instead of attacking law-abiding citizens and the Constitution.

The President’s proposals would not have prevented any of the tragedies he mentioned.  

Creating more bureaucracy and spending many millions more will not reduce gun violence.  

Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the Country and is known as the murder capital of the U.S.

Presidential executive orders have traditionally been used almost entirely for non-controversial, administrative-type actions. They were not meant to be a way for a President to bypass the Congress and to act as a King.

I am currently reviewing the details of these proposals and consulting with my colleagues in the House to put together a plan, whether legislative and/or through the courts, to stop these unconstitutional actions.