“I’ve been committed to protecting the Second Amendment rights of Americans since I was elected. I will continue to defend our constitutional rights, regardless of President Obama’s personal preferences.”
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
“Instead of working across party lines to implement common sense solutions supported by a majority of Americans, President Obama is once again overstepping his constitutional authority by attempting to implement laws unilaterally. I will work to stop President Obama’s misguided efforts to deny law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.”
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Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
“As our state’s top lawyer, (Attorney General) Roy Cooper needs to take a stand on whether he supports the president’s radical abuse of power and unconstitutional gun grab. Roy Cooper took an oath to defend the Constitution — and he needs to do his job and defend the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding North Carolinians.”
Phil Berger, Republican, N.C. Senate leader
(Neither the attorney general’s office nor Cooper’s gubernatorial campaign would comment on Berger’s statement.)
“We have long witnessed the impact of horrific events that have unnecessarily taken the lives of countless individuals, and it is time for sensible gun laws to help lessen the burdens that such violence has created. Over the past decade, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence, and many of these incidents could have been prevented. Today’s executive action to reduce gun violence is a step in the right direction, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus commend President Obama on the resolve to keep communities safe and keep guns out of the hands of individuals who never should have had access or the ability to purchase a weapon in the first place.”
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Democrat, 1st District
“Our president remains under the impression that he is above the law. He is, once again, working around Congress to demonstrate a flagrant disregard toward our Constitutional rights and the separation of powers between our three branches of government. These are not the actions of a leader — simply choosing to ignore those who disagree with him politically.
“This time, he has zeroed in on restricting our gun rights and access to guns. This type of go-at-it-alone behavior has not—and will not—be tolerated. As a concealed carry permit holder myself, I will not allow for our president to trample on our right to bear arms.”
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, Republican, 2nd District
“The reforms President Obama announced today are limited in scope, but they are a well-designed first step and fall well within his constitutional authority. He has repeatedly emphasized that he would much prefer congressional action on gun violence; unfortunately, Republican leadership in Congress refuses to consider even the most common-sense gun reform proposals. Executive action is his only recourse.
“Pretending the problem doesn’t exist won’t make it go away. Neither will pandering to special interests over the concerns of the majority of the American people."
U.S. Rep. David Price, Democrat, 4th District
“President Obama’s executive orders to circumvent Congress and impose new gun control measures are unconstitutional. At a time when our homeland is encountering increased terrorist threats by the day, we cannot afford to jeopardize the safety and security of our nation by placing new restrictions on law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
"I have no doubt that the President’s actions will face significant opposition in the courts, just as the courts have issued a preliminary injunction halting the president’s executive amnesty. In the meantime, I will continue to do everything I can to protect our 2nd amendment rights.”
U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, Republican, 7th District