Attorney: Constitutional rights subject to reasonable restrictions

Attorney: Constitutional rights subject to reasonable restrictions

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Political activists in Huntsville from both sides were quick to weigh in on President Obama's executive action regarding closing loopholes in background checks for guns.

Attorney Adam Dauro said it's important to separate fact from fiction on this issue.

"We are the only advanced country on earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency," President Obama stated early Tuesday. He said he was not looking for a partisan debate on the last mass shooting, he was trying to prevent the next one.

Both sides were quick to form an opinion about the executive action.

"If you're against this executive order, you're in favor of violent felons and mentally ill people having guns," Tom Ryan with the Madison County Democratic Party said.

"He went out and made an emotional argument to remove the second amendment of the constitution through executive action," Anson Knowles with the Madison County Libertarian Party countered.

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While there are a lot of opinions and a lot of rumors, attorney Adam Dauro says it's important to look at the issue as rationally as possible.

First, he says this executive order is completely within a president's power.

"He's taking these actions through his executive branch authority," Dauro said.

Some worry the executive order attacks the second amendment.

"It's no different than a president saying the first amendment is void because I'm a president and I say it's so," Knowles said.

But Dauro says legally, that's just not the case.

"The second amendment - all of our constitutional rights - are subject to reasonable restrictions," Dauro said. "You can't yell 'fire' in a crowded theater or insight violence; you can't perform ritual sacrifice just because you've got free religion. This is just a reasonable restriction and the only thing that's really happening here is they are clarifying definitions."

Although it doesn't seem like opinions will change anytime soon.

"It's not the job of the government to regulate every little last bit of someone's life," Knowles said.

"This won't stop any lawful gun buyer from buying a gun," Ryan said. "All this will do will be to prevent convicted felons and people with mental illness from buying guns."

So what do you think? Read the executive action here and decide for yourself.

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