Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) says he's willing to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Obama should the White House implement new gun regulations through executive action.
"The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic," Stockman said in a statement. "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."
Obama is currently reviewing options laid out by Vice President Biden's task force on gun violence and will announce his plans this week.
The administration is weighing executive action in addition to recommending legislation to Congress. Recommendations to the Biden group include making gun-trafficking a felony, getting the Justice Department to prosecute people caught lying on gun background-check forms and ordering federal agencies to send data to the National Gun Background Check Database. More far-reaching changes, such as reinstating the ban on assault weapons, would require congressional approval.
“My starting point is not to worry about the politics, but to focus on what makes sense and what works,” Obama said at a news conference Monday.
Stockman won Texas's heavily Republican new 36th district in the fall, beating Democrat Max Martin by 44 points. The accountant and conservative activist served one term in Congress in the 1990s. During that time, he accused President Bill Clinton in a Guns & Ammo magazine article of raiding the Branch Davidian compound in Waco to justify a ban on assault weapons. The article came out just after the Oklahoma City bombing; he later said he regretted the timing.
“My positions ... in the ’90s were considered more rebellious," Stockman told the Dallas Morning News during the 2012 primary. "A lot of people are coming around to that view." He rarely gave interviews or attended candidate forums, running a low-budget campaign that included tabloid-style attacks and signs suggesting he was up for reelection.
He was one of 12 House Republicans who refused to support Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in this month's vote for speaker of the House.
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