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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of executive action to restrict gun ownership.

“American’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not up for debate and shall not be infringed. President Obama has never respected that right or what it means to responsible gun owners in Wyoming and across America. No matter how the president tries to sell it, his executive actions fly in the face of Congress who has continually rejected such measures. The separation of powers inherent in our government was designed to protect against these kinds of executive overreach.

Recently, we have seen a number of tragic events. However, federal gun rights restrictions are not guaranteed to stop violence. I believe we need to keep guns out of the hands of bad people, but there has to be a balance between protecting our citizens and our Constitutional rights.

I want to continue seeking solutions to help prevent violence, but we shouldn’t let fear drive us down the road of giving up one of our most basic freedoms.”