On Wednesday, more than a dozen advocates for gun control signed onto a letter signed by more than 60 organizations urging the U.S. Justice Department to immediately halt President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Guns.
The groups said the executive order violates the U,S.
Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms, and violates the Second Amendment’s ban on the importation of firearms.
“The Constitution does not permit the government to ban the lawful possession of firearms,” the letter said.
“The Constitution requires that the government take all reasonable steps to keep the people safe.”
The letter came on the same day that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat, announced his support for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a former NRA lobbyist who has long pushed for the executive ban.
Murphy said he would support the executive action if it came from the Trump administration, but that he will need to wait for the Justice Department.
The letter said the law was not in the best interests of the public.
“We believe the executive branch should step in and provide the necessary guidance,” said Jennifer Lynch, executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety, the leading gun control advocacy group.
“We think this is a bad idea and the Trump Administration should step away from it.
The executive branch needs to step up to the plate and be transparent.”
The Obama administration had argued that the executive orders were not constitutional because the Second, 14th and 20th Amendments protect the right to own guns.
Murphy’s letter said there is no reason to change that, since Congress and the Supreme Court have upheld those amendments.
“As an executive branch agency, the U!
Department of Justice must immediately halt any executive action that threatens to infringe on Second Amendment rights,” Murphy said in a statement.
Murphy’s position is at odds with other Republicans, who have endorsed the executive actions, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has argued that gun control is not a partisan issue.
In addition to the gun-control groups, former New Jersey Gov.
Christie DePasquale and the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, have joined the push.
“There’s a reason why you can’t have a gun show without people having guns, and there’s a lot of gun show-wearing people in New York,” DePaschen said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday.
“There’s also a lot more gun control people in Washington than New York, which is where I grew up, and they have to step back from what is going on.”
DePasqal said he supports the idea of an executive order but added that he wants to make sure that it is not used as a “weapon” against the people of New York.
“I want to see what can be done, and what can happen, to actually help New Yorkers be more safe in the future, and that’s where I’m most concerned,” DeBois said.
Murder charges against CuomoThe executive order is the second federal gun-law enforcement crackdown under Cuomo.
In April, he ordered the NYPD to halt the deployment of the controversial “stop and frisk” tactic, which has led to a spike in the number of gun homicides.
That move prompted a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the tactic in New Jersey.
In December, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive directive prohibiting federal law enforcement from engaging in stop and frisks, which are used to check people in their cars and neighborhoods.
Cuomo’s order, which took effect in April, came after an ACLU report found that some police officers in New England had engaged in the practice of using “stop-and-frisk” practices against minorities and the poor.