The U.S. Senate has so far failed to enact any new legislation on background checks for gun owners. Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski said she had to vote against the well-publicized Manchin-Toomey amendment, because she felt it didn’t fit the values of Alaskans.
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “Now we all agree that we want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable, but there are a number of paths to the same destination. There’s been a lot of attention that has been paid to the Manchin-Toomey amendment this week, and while there were some good things in that legislation, I admit, I could not support the amendment.”
Sen. Murkowski had given her support to another amendment, brought forward by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, but it also failed to gather the 60 votes necessary to pass the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “I hear your frustrations, I hear your concerns and I really wish that we had accomplished something this week in dealing with gun violence, but I was not willing to compromise our 2nd Amendment rights. I will continue to protect law-abiding Alaskans’ right to bear arms and fight proposals that attempt to chip away at that right.”