As U.S. Senators will be voting today on proposed gun control regulations, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced that she will not be supporting the Manchin-Toomey legislation and will instead support an alternative amendment proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
The State’s senior senator said that Alaskans have been watching the Senate debate gun legislation closely, because they want to keep Americans safe as much as anyone but don’t believe they need to compromise their 2nd Amendment rights to get there.
Murkowski said that we all agree that we want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable, but there’s a number of paths to the same destination. A lot of attention has been paid to the Manchin-Toomey amendment, but an alternative has been presented by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. Murkowksi believes his legislation is more in line with the views of Alaskans because it accomplishes our shared goals without adding any new steps or layers of bureaucracy for any law-abiding Alaskan who wants to purchase a firearm for sport or protection.