GOP lawmakers say Obama’s executive action on guns could ‘have unintended consequences’
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The GOP is divided on whether President Barack Obama’s latest executive order on gun violence can have unintended consequences, with some Republicans saying it is the right thing to do, while others are concerned that it could lead to increased gun violence.
While the White House has said it is confident that it will not lead to more gun violence, the GOP’s leadership said Monday it will be open to discussing the issue during the GOP conference’s winter meeting.
“I think what the president is doing is right.
We’ve got to look at the data,” House Speaker John Boehner John Andrew BoehnerRepublicans don’t know if they can get their tax cuts passed in a divided Congress, but they are betting on it | House GOP leaders plan to meet with Trump after winter meeting to discuss gun violence bill | Boehner defends Obama’s gun violence order | GOP takes on NRA on guns | Dems to hold conference call on gun policy | GOP approves gun bill after delay | Trump responds to critics on Twitter: ‘We’ve made mistakes’ on gun debate | Dems plan to hold meeting on gun bill | GOP rejects NRA’s offer | GOP holds closed-door conference call | GOP votes to delay votes on gun law | Dems unveil plan to block new gun law GOP lawmakers worry that Obama’s order could lead more gun-related violence MORE (R-Ohio) said during a press briefing.
“I think it is a good thing.
We have got to have a conversation about how we deal with this.”
House Speaker John A. Boehner John Allen BoehnerHow the Trump tax law passed: The final stretch Boehner: I will be in charge of the Senate after Trump Boehner: ‘The president’s decision to ban guns has been made public’ MORE (Ohio) agreed that Obama has made the right decision to take action.
“He did it in the spirit of a constitutional amendment,” he said.
“We’re going to have to have some discussions, but it is what it is.”
“I would say that the president has been absolutely right in not wanting to take on the responsibility of putting into place the kind of comprehensive gun safety legislation that would prevent more tragedies like the ones that happened in Las Vegas,” Boehner added.
“And I would say to him that if you want to keep your job, if you’re the speaker, you’re going have to be able to take responsibility and you’re also going to take the necessary steps to make sure that we have a stronger gun safety system.”
If you don’t, you will be out of office, and I would hope that he’ll be careful about that,” he added.
The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass a bill in the coming days that would expand background checks and increase penalties for those who are convicted of domestic violence or stalking.
The bill is expected in the House this week.
The president announced on Tuesday that he had issued a new executive order to close loopholes and give victims of gun violence a clearer way to report gun crimes.
The order was the first step in a broader strategy to combat gun violence that the White and Republican parties have pushed since the December shootings in Las
The GOP is divided on whether President Barack Obama’s latest executive order on gun violence can have unintended consequences, with…