Governor Scott Walker is asking the attorney general to be ready to file a legal challenge against President Barack Obama’s planned executive action on gun control.
The president unveiled a series of measures this week he argued are needed to reduce gun violence across the country, which include requiring more criminal background checks for firearms purchases. Walker said in a statement that he’s asked Attorney General Brad Schimel to take “any and all legal measures available” to challenge what he called an illegal act.
“President Obama is again disregarding the Constitutional principles of separation of powers and exceeding his authority as Chief Executive,” Walker said. “The Obama Administration issued guidance creating uncertainty and fear of prosecution for law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their right to sell firearms lawfully. Forthcoming federal rules could also deprive millions of Americans of their Second Amendment rights without any indication of imminent danger.”
In a statement, Schimel said “it appears that President Obama once again intends to act unilaterally to restrict the 2nd Amendment and subvert the legislative process by issuing yet another executive order. I have asked my legal team to review the proposed rules as soon as they are published and then we will determine our next steps to ensure the constitutional rights of law-abiding Wisconsin citizens are not violated.”