Who Needs An Executive Order To Enforce Existing Laws?

posted on October 17, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued an executive order targeting gun violence in the state, which in part has the effect of establishing a task force to investigate illegal firearm sales. It would also ban guns in the office buildings of certain executive branch agencies, according to WJLA, and set up a tip line for anonymous reporting of violations.

But strangely, most of the order’s scope seems to overlap with laws that are already in place. Gov. McAuliffe admitted in his statement that enforcement had been lacking in the past. NRA media liaison Lars Dalseide said: “The governor doesn’t need an executive order to enforce laws already on the books. It’s what the NRA has been calling for all along—for officials to enforce existing regulations and prosecute the criminal offenders to the full extent of the law.”

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