But that time around, the political ramifications were disastrous for Democrats.
Two months after the assault weapons ban passed many of the Democrats who voted for the ban lost their seats, giving Republicans control of the House and the Senate.
Today, a handful of Republicans in the House are already sounding the alarm on Obama's announcement.
Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas said he would lead an effort to impeach the president for using 23 executive orders to strengthen new gun control laws.
"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."