Abbott: Obama gun control actions ‘trampled’ Bill of Rights

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott says the president’s executive actions imposing gun control measures nationwide “trampled the purpose and substance of the Bill of Rights.”

In a statement Tuesday, the Republican called the plan “the president’s latest attempt to undermine our liberty.” He said Texas “will take every action to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens” but didn’t elaborate.

Abbott was state attorney general before becoming governor and led a parade of lawsuits against the Obama administration.

At the centerpiece of Obama’s plan is a broader definition of gun dealers, which may expand the number of gun sales subject to background checks.

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Other top Texas officials also slammed the executive actions Tuesday, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Patrick called them “the latest example of the president’s offensive executive overreach.”