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Murkowski Votes Against ATF Nominee Confirmation

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting against the nomination of Steve Dettelbach to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "Although we need strong and objective leaders at ATF to implement the common-sense reforms we included in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, I ultimately decided that Mr. Dettelbach was not the right person to lead this agency. He has a history of not fully articulating his understanding of gun ri… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Gun Safety, Mental Health Measure

Last night, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, targeted legislation to address gaps in the law that have enabled mass shootings, including the need for additional mental health and school safety resources. The bill provides historic investments in our mental health care system, including in rural areas, more resources for school safety, and helps keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are disqualified to possess them. The bil… Continue Reading


Myth vs Fact: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

MYTH: This measure creates a national, federal red flag law, and forces states who don't have red or yellow flag laws to adopt them. THE FACTS This does not create a national, federal red flag law. This legislation does not require or incentivize states to adopt red or yellow flag laws. States without red flag laws, such as Alaska, will receive funding and can use it to implement other programs like Veterans' Courts, Drug and DUI Courts, and Mental Health Courts. This measure forces state… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Protecting Americans from Terrorists, Defending Second Amendment Rights and Civil Liberties

After the U.S. Senate voted on a series of legislative proposals this week in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, Murkowski issued the following statement: "I believe we can all agree that we want to keep Americans safe and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals, and the mentally unstable. However I also strongly believe that Americans should not be forced to prove their innocence before losing a basic right. If the government is going to deny a U.S. citizen the right to purchase a fi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Protects Alaskans from Overreaching Hunting and Fishing Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Chairman of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) unveiled legislation with provisions to halt the implementation of multiple proposed federal rules, one of which would close areas for hunting and fishing, impeding on the State of Alaska's right to manage wildlife within the borders of the State. "This proposed rule is incredibly unsettling to the people of Alaska, as it contains provisions that woul… Continue Reading

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