Barrasso, Cheney, Lummis Say Biden Is Infringing on Consitutional Rights With Gun Orders

Wyoming's congressional delegation all criticized President Biden's executive actions on firearms.

Ellen Fike

April 09, 20213 min read

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All three of Wyoming’s congressional delegates are criticizing President Joe Biden’s firearm-related executive actions.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, along with U.S. Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, all took to social media on Thursday to slam Biden’s six orders regarding firearms that were announced this week.

“The Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. I will always defend it,” Cheney said. “Actions like the ones President Biden took today infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, while doing nothing to prevent criminals from committing the tragic attacks we have seen in communities across our country.”

Biden’s six orders included one to tighten restrictions on “ghost guns,” weapons that can be built from parts purchased online and that do not carry serial numbers, and one to tighten restrictions on stabilizing braces used with handguns to improve their accuracy.

He also ordered the Justice Department to prepare model “red flag” legislation for states that may want to adopt such laws. “Red flag” laws allow family members or law enforcement agencies to ask courts to temporarily ban people who may pose a threat to themselves or others from possessing firearms.

Lummis said that these orders wouldn’t stop “evil people.”

“The problem is still not the 2nd Amendment, and President Biden’s actions won’t stop evil people, just make it harder for law-abiding people in Wyoming to exercise their rights,” the senator wrote on Twitter.

Barrasso also commented on the social media platform, saying Biden was infringing on people’s constitutional rights.

“Every day across Wyoming, we responsibly exercise our right to keep and bear arms. The last thing we need is for the president to infringe on our constitutional right to protect our homes and families,” he said.

They are just a few of the Wyoming officials who have spoken out against these orders.

On Thursday, Gov. Mark Gordon said he was disappointed with the executive orders signed Thursday by President Joe Biden that the president said were aimed at slowing gun violence.

“I just want to say how disappointed I really am at the Biden administration and their actions today, because the Second Amendment is something that is absolutely fundamental to Wyoming,” he said. “There is no question the Second Amendment is a constitutional right and Wyoming will stand firm against any attempts to erode that right. We will protect our firearms at all costs.”

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