Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives said Wednesday that they believe President Barack Obama failed to protect the Second Amendment during his time in office.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Rep. Scott Rigell, R, Va., said Obama’s executive actions on gun control are insufficient, and they are calling for a new effort to address gun violence.
The House GOP statement said: “This administration’s failure to act to protect our Second Amendment rights is deeply concerning.
The president’s failure is in the best interests of the American people.”
The House is scheduled to take up a resolution that would formally demand a federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
A similar resolution passed the Senate in January and is expected to pass there.
The gun rights group the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which has backed the effort, said it was hopeful that lawmakers will be able to reach a compromise.
The two Republican leaders have been pushing for gun legislation for months.
The House GOP said Wednesday they are concerned that the administration is not working to implement the president’s actions, but the administration has not responded.
In recent days, Obama has directed agencies to review existing policies and regulations to help ensure that Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms is protected.
A gun rights organization called the Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence has pushed for the president to ban assault weapons as a step toward more gun control.