presidential executive order?
Obama has publicly stated that he favors prohibition of concealed carry for anyone but ex LEOs. I have been wondering, were he to be elected president, if he could do so simply by issuing an executive order. Based on some examples and other details in the Wikipedia article, it appears that he could...
Executive order (United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
OK, something is already wrong with the link above. Matiki doesn't think there's anything accurate in Wikipedia anyway. Just how unconstitutional do you think presidential executive order 9066 was, which resulted in ethnic Japanese and German US citizens being imprisoned during the Late Great Hate?
I think that is a misunderstanding
I think that is quite a misunderstanding. The President's job is defined in the Constitution and his duties include overseeing the Executive Functions of the government.
Originally Posted by Ram Rod
An EO is nothing more than instructions from the boss (The Prez) to the folks who work for him. Your boss or his boss writes similar "memos" all the time.
So, let's say the Prez decides (this actually is real life) that it would be a good idea that people who work for Uncle be tested for drug use before they are hired. Fair enough, at least in many peoples view.
What does he do to implement this good idea?
He issues (and this is a real example) an EO to an Agency to promulgate testing rules and regulations. The Agency publishes proposed rules in The Federal Register. The public gets a period of time to submit "public comments." The Agency considers these, responds, publishes again in THe Federal Register, and then the regulations become "the real deal," binding on all Federal Human resources folk to carry out.
If someone thinks the regs are unlawful or unconstitutional, they are free to: a) go to court and get them overturned; b) petition their Congress Critters to pressure the Agency to change them.
Back to the original point-- the words "executive order" might not appear in the text of The Constitution, but the authority is specifically given to the president to see that the laws are faithfully carried out-- and that part includes instructing Agencies on how to do their job.