GOP rep Steve Stockman raises Obama impeachment over gun control executive orders

Chris Patrie looks at the Benelli display of shotguns during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits April 13, 2012 at the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the convention, which runs through Sunday. Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum are all scheduled to speak. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Chris Patrie looks at the Benelli display of shotguns during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits April 13, 2012 at the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the convention, which runs through Sunday. Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum are all scheduled to speak. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Conservative rage over gun control has reached a fever pitch before any new legislation or executive orders have even been put on the table.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to reveal their new approach on guns this week, which is expected to include significant action via executive order that would bypass Congress, which has been infamously reticent to take up the issue.

Right wing congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has threatened to file articles of impeachment against the president if he resorts to that step.

“The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic,” Stockman said in a statement. “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”

“I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president,” Obama said in a press conference yesterday. “And where you get a step that has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence then I want to go ahead and take it.”

According to the New York Times, the Obama administration has identified as many as 19 potential orders he can enact on guns, including expanding background checks and placing new limits on gun imports.