(Lafayette, LA) – Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD, (R-Lafayette) issued the following statement after President Obama announced he will issue a series of Executive Orders aimed at restricting firearm purchases in the United States.
Boustany also announced he has cosponsored the Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act introduced by Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN). The bill renders any such actions that violate the Second Amendment or infringes on Congress’ Article I responsibilities as having “no force or effect,” prohibits funds for such actions, and establishes standing for Congress, state and local governments, and aggrieved persons to challenge such actions in district court.
Boustany said: “When this President can’t get what he wants, he acts unilaterally by Executive Order. Our President is not a king; he is meant to be held accountable by the people who elect him and by the coequal branches of our government.
“While the President complains about congressional inaction, Congress is already working on mental health legislation that will improve treatment and ensure guns are kept out of the hands of the mentally unstable. As a strong defender of our Second Amendment rights, I will work with my colleagues to block any backdoor attempt by the Administration to limit gun ownership for law-abiding American citizens.”