Obama: Gun actions ‘consistent’ with Second Amendment

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President Obama defended his plan to take executive action on guns on Monday, saying the proposals are within his legal authority and consistent with the Constitution.

“I’m … confident that the recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people’s lawful right to bear arms,” the president said following an Oval Office meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

{mosads}The president huddled with Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other law enforcement officials to finalize a raft of measures that sidestep Congress to tighten the nation’s gun laws.

Obama did not announce the specific steps he plans to take but said they would be rolled out “over the next several days.” He is expected to broaden background check requirements by forcing sellers at gun shows and on the Internet to register as federally licensed gun dealers.

The president is gearing up for a battle with Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, who have slammed the measures as unconstitutional and outside the scope of his presidential authority.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday “the president is at minimum subverting the legislative branch, and potentially overturning its will.” 

“This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it,” he said in a statement.

Stymied by Congress on past efforts to pass new gun-control laws, Obama has been weighing a series of executive actions since an October mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.  

The president said the measures would not “solve every violent crime in this country” or “prevent every mass shooting.” But he said they would “potentially save lives in this country and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss they have suffered as a consequence of a firearm being in the hands of the wrong people.”

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