Texas Gov Greg Abbott criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to move ahead with possible executive actions on guns in a tweet in which he told the Commander-in-Chief to ‘come & take’ the state’s guns.
Obama said in his weekly radio address that he is looking for ways to keep guns out of the hands of ‘a dangerous few’ without depending on Congress to pass a law on the fraught subject of gun control.
He plans to meet his attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on Monday to see what executive actions might be possible. Steps to strengthen background checks could come this week.
At a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, tonight Donald Trump also pledged to undo any action Obama takes on gun control if he wins the next election.
Trump said: ‘He can’t do that. I will veto that. I will unsign that so fast, so fast.’
Meanwhile Governor Abbot tweeted: ‘Obama wants to impose more gun control. My response? COME & TAKE IT,’ he said in his tweet, while mentioning the NRA.
As Obama made his announcement, a Texas law allowing licensed handgun owners to openly carry their weapons in public went into effect.
‘The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone,’ Obama said in his address. ‘The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids.’
He said he gets so many letters from parents, teachers and children about the ‘epidemic of gun violence’ that he can’t ‘sit around and do nothing’.
Obama recently directed staff at the White House to look into potential executive actions.
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