Oklahoma delegation criticizes Obama for gun control actions

President Barack Obama speaks on gun control in October, 2015. Photo courtesy whitehouse.gov
The Associated Press
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(AP) — Several elected leaders in Oklahoma are criticizing President Barack Obama for his executive actions on gun control.

Oklahoma's two U.S. senators, attorney general and several members of Congress all issued statements Tuesday critical of Obama's announcement that he intended to use his presidential powers to tighten sales of firearms in the U.S.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says the new executive actions won't prevent the mass shootings that inspired them and criticized Obama for trying to "show off to his liberal base."

U.S. Sen. James Lankford says the actions likely will spur sales of guns and ammunition from people concerned about their gun rights.

The centerpiece of Obama's plan is an attempt to narrow a loophole that exempts gun sales from background checks if the seller isn't a federally registered dealer.