Utah lawmakers: Pres. Obama is overstepping his authority with new gun control reform

Posted at 10:57 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 15:05:29-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah lawmakers are now responding to Pres. Obama’s tearful speech on gun control reform and the executive action he plans to restrict gun ownership.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released this statement after the president made the announcement Tuesday:

“The president’s actions are out of bounds and vastly exceed his executive authority. This is yet another attempt by President Obama to bypass the American people, their elected representatives, and the Constitution itself. The president’s approach undermines the foundation of our democracy. The Committee will continue to conduct vigorous oversight and shine light on this administration.”

Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the this statement after President Obama issued new executive orders on gun control:

“While I am still reviewing the proposed executive action, I am very troubled that this president continues to ignore the Constitutional role of Congress by pursuing yet another set of executive actions. The silver lining is that just like any executive action, this one could be rescinded if it doesn’t have the support of the American people.”
“I continue to hope this president will respect the proper role of Congress in crafting legislation. I am not optimistic. It may be a long year.”

Sen. Mike Lee posted his response on Twitter: