More than 26,000 people have signed a petition on a White House website calling for the deportation of CNN host British-born Piers Morgan .
Morgan, ex-editor of the Daily Mirror, has been outspoken on his show, calling for more gun control in the US, following the Newtown massacre .
The petition, which has been submitted on a White House website, had received 26,209 signatures at midnight UK time today- well over the 25,000 figure which a petition must reach to oblige the White House to address it.
The petition states, "British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."
The petition was launched by writer and blogger Kurt Nimmo.
Morgan has made several forceful attacks on pro-gun advocates following the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut..
"There are nearly 12,000 murders a year from guns in this country," said Piers on one CNN broadcast in which he confronted gun advocates .
"When are you guys going to focus on that, and stop telling me the answer is more guns? It is not the answer! How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, 'we want less guns, not more?'"
As for the petition, Morgan responded acidly , by tweeting:
"Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for 'attacking 2nd Amendment rights' - is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?"
The first amendment protects freedom of speech.
On Twitter the battle went on with Lord Sugar attacking Morgan - and Louise Mensch supporting him.
Is it possible to deport a non-citizen from the US for something they've said? See the Mark Daniels comment below.