Texas Rep. Michael Cloud re-introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the president and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from declaring public health emergencies to enforce gun control measures.
If enacted, the Protecting the Right To Keep and Bear Arms Act would also prevent government officials from restricting the production, sale or transfer of firearms and ammunition during major disasters or emergencies, “thereby preventing them from illicitly using public health authority.”
“For a long time, radical left politicians have been open about their willingness to use executive authority and rob Americans of their Second Amendment rights,” Cloud said in a statement.
The bill comes as some Democrat politicians have declared public health emergencies due to gun violence.
In May, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra labeled gun violence a “public health crisis” following a mass shooting at an Atlanta medical office building. Earlier, California officials had written a letter urging Becerra to formally recognize it as a public health emergency.
Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate.