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Florida reaction to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control

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Florida reaction to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control:

Jeb Bush: "When I am president of the United States, I will repeal Obama’s anti-gun executive orders on Day One of my administration. I will oppose legislative actions that impose unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners, and I will nominate and fight for conservative judges who have a deep respect for the Constitution and the Second Amendment. With the next president possibly having the opportunity to nominate as many as four justices to the Supreme Court, the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher for gun owners. Hillary Clinton will surely stack the federal judiciary with liberal judges who will chip away at the Second Amendment. We cannot give her that opportunity." (His full remarks here)

Marco Rubio: “It undermines the Second Amendment and it will do nothing to keep people safe. Barack Obama is obsessed with undermining the Second Amendment — an important protection that our Constitution recognizes and defends for us, and he's looking for any way possible to undermine it. He's been doing this forever. And now this executive order is just one more way to make it harder for law-abiding people to buy weapons or to be able to protect their families. It’s going to do nothing to prevent violence or crimes because criminals don’t buy guns that way. They buy from the black market.” (full remarks here)

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland: "The President is employing false rhetoric about loopholes in our gun laws to stoke fear and as a means to placate his political base. To the contrary of President Obama's claims, existing gun sale laws and background check requirements apply just as much to gun shows as they do to any other place where guns are sold. The rare exceptions, which account for a very small fraction of overall gun sales, are limited to infrequent sales by collectors, bequests and transactions between private, non-federal firearm licensed individuals who reside in the same state. In fact, firearms are the most severely regulated consumer product in the U.S."

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox: “The idea that disarming law-abiding citizens will make us a safer nation is a lie that liberals continue to tell, and I refuse to accept that we must give up freedom and liberty in exchange for security. President Obama's unilateral move to implement expanded gun control by executive action once again defies the will of the people, circumvents the legislative process and violates the Constitution."

U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Lopez-Cantera: "President Obama and his Washington cronies will do anything to advance their own political agenda and restrict our 2nd Amendment rights.  The executive actions laid out today are just a first step at this assault on the rights of the American people. The President should be focused on finding a way to completely eradicate ISIS from the planet, but instead his priority is looking for ways to eradicate Americans’ constitutional rights."

U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy: "With our nation facing an average of 31 gun-related deaths each day, the need for action to curb gun violence could not be more clear or urgent. What the President announced today will not infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens but will help save lives and improve public safety. These common-sense measures have the support of a bipartisan majority of Americans and while this is a much-needed first step, it is disappointing that executive action was needed in the first place. Obstructionists in Congress have continually blocked gun violence prevention legislation despite broad support on both sides of the aisle and American families and communities deserve better.”

U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson: "So the President has taken executive action to extend the background check requirement to everyone who is in the business of selling guns, even if the transaction takes place at a gun show or over the internet. Here are the consequences: Good: it will be much more difficult for felons, drug addicts and the criminally insane to buy weapons that can kill. Bad: ???"

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 4:29pm]

    

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