Tennessee Valley lawmakers react to President’s executive actions on gun control

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)-- President Barack Obama is preparing to release plans for a series of executive action that impacts gun regulation in the US.

It's ruffling many feathers across the Republican party, and those representing the Tennessee Valley are weighing in.

At an event Monday, Senator Richard Shelby said he would continue to champion Second Amendment rights.  "We have a constitutional right to bear arms. I’ve done everything I could to uphold this. People that are going to do us harm are never going to register guns, people who are, terrorists, you believe they’re going to register guns? Why no, goodness alive, are you crazy?"

He added that it's not just the gun control that bothers him, but the way it's expected  to come down as an executive order.

" I think you have to be concerned about any presidential executive order, because it has the power of law. Until it’s either knocked down by an act of Congress or by a court. "

He said fighting against the executive action is something he believes in.

"What we’ve got to do is fight every one of his executive orders. He’s usurping the constitution, he’s grabbing power," he said. "Most gun owners don’t cause trouble. Not most of ‘em. Are we going to change the constitution? I hope never. We’d have to amend it. Let’s uphold the second amendment."

He later added in a statement:

"The President should know better than anyone that disarming law-abiding Americans will do nothing more than empower criminals.  After all, his own hometown of Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country, yet its violent crime rate is among the highest in our nation.

President Obama wants America to look more like Chicago. I'm fighting for America to look more like Alabama. That is why I will work tirelessly to protect the Second Amendment and reverse any proposals by this President to restrict the constitutional rights of the American people."

Governor Robert Bentley later sent out a press release with his comments, urging Alabama's congressional delegation to fight the President's executive action:

“America’s founding fathers prioritized the right to keep and bear arms, and President Obama is overstepping his authority and threatening to take away our 2nd amendment rights. It is unacceptable for the President to bypass Congress and the U.S. Constitution with his plan. The overreach by the President seems to be his preferred way of leading our country, and it is another reason why it is critical for Americans to send a conservative back to the White House in November. I encourage the Alabama congressional delegation to listen to the message of the Alabama people and fight to protect the fundamental rights of gun owners.”

Congressman Robert Aderholt also released a statement, adding in his sentiments that he doesn't believe increased oversight will accomplish the White House's goals of increasing national safety from gun violence:
“It is unbelievable and I’m at a loss of words at the news President Obama plans to sidestep the Constitution once again in order to circumvent Congress in his efforts to diminish gun owner’s rights in America. This is just another example of President Obama’s attempts to impose his failed agenda on the American people in the waning months of his Presidency.
“There is not proof that the new restrictions President Obama proposes would have prevented any of the recent cases of gun violence in our country. I’m also confident that these new proposed restrictions on the Second Amendment will not stop any future incidents. As we know our problem in America is not a gun problem. It is a cultural problem and a problem of the heart by these criminals. No new gun laws can change the attitude of someone who is so lost in this world that they are bent on killing others.”

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