Local Policy Expert Says Nothing Ground Breaking In Executive Orders
A local gun policy expert says he believes executive actions regarding gun-control taken Wednesday by President Obama are neither un-constitutional nor over-stepping of power; as some congressmen and political pundits have asserted this week.
“From what I read of the executive orders—I looked at all 23 of them—none of them to me look particularly impressive, really,” UWG Political Science Professor & Author, Dr. Anthony Fleming said Thursday. “Most of them were just reinforcing existing laws.”
The president’s call to renew the ban on assault weapons however would require congressional action and Obama is submitting a bill to do that.
“The potential policy that he wants to propose… now, that could be different. You might argue that that could violate the 2nd amendment but the executive order that he signed, looks to me to be perfectly within his right,” Fleming said. “It’s really nothing ground breaking. One was to permanently place a head at the top of the ATF.”
Obama issued 23 executive orders to curb gun violence, including ones to beef up background checks, improve enforcement of gun crimes and launch a publicity campaign to improve safety.
Dr. Fleming authored a book in 2012 titled: Gun Policy In The United States And Canada: The Impact Of Mass Murders And Assassinations On Gun Control.