Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama’s plans to sign executive orders to expand federal background checks for gun purchases. The GOP candidate concluded “it’s another step in the way of not getting guns.”
Obama has repeatedly vowed to take executive action to curb gun violence if Congress failed to act in the wake of multiple mass shootings over the course of 2015.
On Jan. 1, the president announced his New Year’s resolution would be to “move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can,” according to Bloomberg Politics.
The president will be meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Jan. 4 to discuss potential executive actions as well as attend a Jan. 7 town hall meeting discussing gun violence in Fairfax, Virginia.
Trump, during a Jan. 4 sit down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, said Obama’s upcoming executive actions will lead to a widespread ban on purchasing firearms, something the president has repeatedly denied.
“Pretty soon you won’t be able to get guns,” Trump said. “It’s another step in the way of not getting guns.”
Offering up his own solutions to gun violence, Trump proposed a greater push in addressing mental illness, arming more civilians and ending gun-free zones.
"If the people in Paris had guns, you know what, you wouldn't have had 134 people and many more to follow get killed," Trump said. "And if people in California had guns, a couple of guns in that room, you wouldn't have had 16 people killed."
The business mogul added that “whenever I see a gun-free zone, that’s a flag for the wackos to come in and start shooting people.”
Trump had voiced similar concerns over Obama’s executive actions during a Jan. 2 campaign rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, according to CNN.
"There's an assault on the Second Amendment,” Trump told the crowd. “You know Obama's going to do an executive order and really knock the hell out of it … I will veto. I will unsign that so fast."