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As The Hill A powerful House Republican is threatening to block President Obama’s executive order on guns by defunding the Department of Justice (DOJ). Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, warned against enforcing the new gun restrictions.
Culberson was quoted saying:
“I have formally notified Attorney General Lynch that I will aggressively protect our Second Amendment rights using Congress’ power of the purse,” he added. “I notified the attorney general that if the Department of Justice attempted to create new restrictions on our Constitutional rights that I would use every tool at my disposal to immediately restrict their access to federal funding.”
Culberson issued a letter to Attorney General Lynch which you can see here: linkletter_to_ag_lynch_re_second_amendment
Culberson seems to be the first Republican to take on Obamas gun control actions.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) threw his two cents into the pot on monday saying President Obama will be “subverting” Congress by taking executive action on gun control. Furthermore,
“His proposals to restrict gun rights were debated by the United States Senate, and they were rejected,” Ryan continued. “No president should be able to reverse legislative failure by executive fiat, not even incrementally.”
It will be interesting to see if they follow through with the threats, and what the reactions “we the people” will have if that happens.