Freshman Congressman and Republican Steve Stockman said on Monday that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if the White House follows through with its threat to use executive order to enact further gun control measures.
Citing an “existential threat” to this nation and the American people, Stockman said using executive orders to “strengthen” gun control in America stands as a direct violation to the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the people’s right to keep and bear arms.
“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman wrote in a statement.
“Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible,” he added. “Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court.”
In a press conference on Monday, President Obama spoke of the possibility of subverting the legislative process by issuing executive orders on gun control. Vice President Joe Biden said the White House has identified as many as 19 different executive orders that are under consideration.