Speaker Ryan: Obama’s gun executive action ‘undermines liberty’

Speaker Ryan: Obama’s gun executive action ‘undermines liberty’

Photo: Office of House Speaker Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that no matter the executive action taken by President Barack Obama on guns, “his word does not trump the Second Amendment.”

Ryan said in a statement that Obama’s unilateral move Tuesday to expand background checks and gun seller licensing requirements will “no doubt be challenged in the courts” and “can be overturned by a Republican president” if elected in November.

Ryan said Obama has “never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership.”

“He knows full well that the law already says that people who make their living selling firearms must be licensed, regardless of venue. Still, rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens,” Ryan said.

Obama’s actions include hiring additional agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a promise to research gun safety technology, action to prevent guns from being attained by domestic abusers and the allocation of resources to strengthen the mental health system.

The President stressed at a ceremony announcing the actions that his intention is not “to take everyone’s guns.”

Nevertheless, Ryan said Obama’s words and actions “amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.”

TMN’s Justin Duckham contributed to this report.

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