You guys are not understanding Executive Orders. They apply to the Executive Branch, not to the population in its entirety. Now, they can have an impact on the general population, but only in an indirect sense.
An example would be an order to enforce a treaty provision that prohibited the importation of barrels from military small arms. The EO would be issued and applied to various departments within the executive branch such importations would not be allowed by the agencies charged with oversight of international trade. However, it does not prohibit ownership and possession by individuals, nor does it prohibit the manufacture or sale of duplicates.
EOs, if they reach too far, say to one of the other branches or to citizens, may be ignored (Marbury vs Madison) or challenged in court (will probably keep the JBTs away from the front door of your domicile).