Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has introduced legislation that would neutralize any executive order U.S. President Barack Obama would put forth on gun control. Paul, who is running for president, says that he will “fight tooth and nail” to protect the Second Amendment.
Following the string of mass shootings in the U.S. throughout 2015 and the San Bernardino terror attack, Obama has been vocally considering taking executive action on basic gun control, such as closing the gun show loophole and expanding background checks.
The president has met with gun control advocates to discuss measures he may take to curb gun violence. He met with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun control activist, on Dec. 16 to discuss the matter, CNN reports.
In response, Paul introduced a bill on Dec. 18 to counter any potential executive orders. The legislation would render any executive action a presidential creates for gun control “advisory only” until a corresponding legislation is passed by Congress, The Hill reports.
The bill would also enable state officials, congressmen and any civilian impacted by a gun control executive order to file a civil lawsuit against President Obama.
“In the United States, we do not have a king, but we do have a Constitution,” said Paul. “We also have a Second Amendment, and I will fight tooth and nail to protect it,” Paul said on Dec. 21.
The bill will be fast-tracked to the Senate in January 2016 when Congress comes back into session.
Paul has an “A” rating with the National Rifle Association (NRA), New York Daily News reports.
The senator’s bill is expected to meet resistance from Democratic congressmen, making its passing unlikely.