Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.
Stockman warned that such executive orders would be
“unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right
to keep and bear arms.”
“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including
but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the
White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said in
At his press conference Monday, Obama floated the possibility of using executive action to enact policies aimed at reducing gun violence.
The freshman congressman, who served one term in Congress in the
mid-1990s, further labeled the possibility “an existential threat to
this nation” because, he said, the purpose of the Second Amendment is to
allow the people to protect themselves from tyranny.
“Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights
must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible,” he
added. “Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any
action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process
through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling
of a court.”
He concluded by claiming that an executive order would be not just
“not just an attack on the Constitution,” but also an “attack on
“If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his
own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,”