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Dear Friend,

As you may know, President Obama recently announced a series of unilateral executive actions to restrict the constitutional rights of gun-owning Coloradans and Americans throughout the country. President Obama’s decision to pursue divisive action rather than work with Congress is symbolic of this Administration’s lack of respect for our constitutional system of government.

The Congress, as representatives of the people, makes the laws. It is the President’s job to enforce those laws. The President is not empowered to make up his own laws when he doesn’t like the ones Congress has written. Executive orders cannot, and should not, stand in place of the Constitution. 

I firmly believe we must act to get to the root of the recent acts of senseless violence; however, these executive actions would not have prevented many of the tragedies our communities have faced. That is  why I urge my colleagues to work toward solutions to better aid those in America suffering from mental illness, keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and better enforce the countless regulations on gun ownership already on the books.

I have long been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, and restricting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans is not now and will never be the answer.  While in the State Legislature, I repeatedly introduced a “Make My Day Better” law, which would allow business owners to use deadly force against attackers and intruders. Throughout my time in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, I have repeatedly supported the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. Rest assured, I stand with the millions of law-abiding supporters of the Second Amendment, and with all those who respect our constitutional democracy, in opposing the President’s actions.

If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5941.




Cory Gardner

United States Senator