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Foxx Responds to Obama’s Executive Actions Requiring Background Checks on Gun Sales

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement after President Obama announced new executive actions to restrict Second Amendment rights.

Rep. Foxx on President Obama’s New Executive Actions

Rep. Virginia Foxx

“As citizens of the United States, we are afforded basic rights and privileges under the Constitution. One of these fundamental rights is the Second Amendment, and its guarantee to keep and bear arms is clear. Today, in yet another attempt to erode our basic liberties, President Obama announced plans to undermine the will of Congress and challenge the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.

“Just like his unilateral actions on immigration, this proposal is an overreach of the president’s Constitutionally-granted executive authority. It is also an attempt to distract from his failed policies to combat terrorism and improve the economy – issues I’m hearing about from my constituents every day. Congressional refusal to pass bad policy does not transfer legislative authority to the president, and I will fight against this attempt to diminish our constitutional rights.

“Guns are one of many tools that people use to commit horrific crimes, but the problem of evil cannot be legislated away. It is important that any legislative response – whether it’s at the federal, state or local level – ensures that the constitutional rights of all citizens are protected.”



Visit the White House briefing room online to read Obama’s remarks regarding this executive action and find more information about his initiatives to stop gun violence.

For more information about Rep. Virginia Foxx and where she stands on important issues like this one, visit foxx.house.gov.