Richard Shelby

Attorney General defends Obama's executive actions on guns as legal

Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama's executive actions curbing guns, telling lawmakers Wednesday that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly.

Lynch's justification for the moves was immediately attacked by Republicans, who said the measures Obama announced two weeks ago were the latest example of actions by Obama that infringe on the constitutional right to own guns and has overreached his executive branch powers.

"The department is on notice," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee panel that oversees the...