The state House has voted to urge Congress to reject President Barack Obama’s recent executive order regarding gun laws.
The chamber’s Republican majority led the vote on a resolution that called the order an “executive overreach,” that “clearly and intentionally subverts the legislative process and violates the constitutionally established separation of powers,” and said it would infringe on American citizens’ rights to gun ownership.
The resolution does not change law or policy. It was sent to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) offered it.
“I think that it’s important that we protect those Second Amendment rights,” said Taylor. “The Constitution states that the right of the American people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) supports greater gun control, and criticized the Republicans’ priorities.
“As the resolution sponsor stated it’s more important that we concern ourselves with the rights, but yet the right of people to remain alive – even our kids – is something that this body continually ignores,” said Newman.
Newman had her own criticism of the president’s order, saying it doesn’t go far enough.
“There is no reason to even assume that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority, because of what this action actually does,” said Newman.
The resolution is HCR 63.