SPRINGFIELD, Va. – Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) submitted comments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in opposition of the proposed vaccine mandate for businesses.
In the comments, GOA and GOF wrote, “The federal government possesses only the few and limited powers set out in the U.S. Constitution. None of those powers give the federal government a general police power to order mandatory vaccines. The federal government has no other source of authority, such as the commerce power, to command health decisions by Americans.” The comments continued to argue that, “if the OSHA vaccine mandate regulations were to be upheld, it could readily open the door to the federal government infringing the rights of Americans in many other areas of their lives, including their right to keep and bear arms, which is why GOA and GOF have a particular interest in these proposed regulations.”
These comments come the same day that the Supreme Court struck down President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers. In the 6-3 opinion, the Court ruled that while OSHA has the power to regulate occupational dangers, it does not have the authority to regulate general public health. This case’s ruling currently only applies to large businesses, with an OSHA ruling not yet finalized for small businesses, like GOA and GOF.
Gun Owners of America is a grassroots nonprofit organization representing more than two million gun owners who are dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center. GOA spokespeople are available for interviews.