A US senator has announced plans to nullify the president’s gun control proposal, saying that Barack Obama’s actions resemble that of a king.
Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday that the proposal, which was presented earlier in the day, violates the constitutional separation of powers between the president and Congress and argued that Obama may be developing a “king-like complex.”
In reaction to the unrelenting gun massacres in the US, Obama presented a USD500-million proposal that calls for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as wider background checks on gun buyers.
The proposal has angered gun advocates, who say it violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which gives the Americans the right to carry firearms.
Paul presented a bill, which aims to invalidate Obama’s executive actions, deny any federal funding for their implementation and allow Congress members and state officials to challenge the actions in court.
“Our founding fathers were very concerned about us having separation of powers. They didn’t want to let the president become a king.” Paul said. “In this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation.”
Obama’s proposals were met with widespread objections from Republicans and gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation,” said NRA regarding the gun proposal, and added, “Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.”
In the next couple of weeks, NRA is planning to put its lobbying pressure on lawmakers at Capitol Hill aimed at stopping the proposal from being approved.
The Senate hearing on the gun control proposal is set to start in two weeks.