Murkowski Reacts to President Obama’s Gun Control Measures

‘Our Second Amendment Rights Are Non-Negotiable’

Today U.S. Senator Murkowski responded to President Obama’s announcement on his proposed gun control actions, saying:

“Our Second Amendment rights are non-negotiable. Many Alaskans depend on the Second Amendment to safeguard their way of life, whether it’s for personal protection, subsistence, or sports and recreation. I have worked hard to ensure that these rights are not infringed upon and I will continue to do so.

“The President is no friend of practical bipartisan solutions to the gun violence problem, and he is no friend of the Second Amendment. He refuses to work with Congress on initiatives that will actually fix gun violence issues such as the bipartisan Grassley-Cruz proposal that I co-sponsored in 2013 or the bipartisan Cassidy-Murphy mental health legislation in the current Congress which I also co-sponsored. Instead, President Obama is yet again sidestepping Congress to act with the stroke of a pen on an issue concerning our Constitutional rights

“We have a serious problem in our nation when it comes to violence and mass shootings—they are senseless and tragic. But instead of unilaterally imposing stricter gun control laws, we need to get to the root of the problem.

“I am very troubled that the President thinks gun control can effectively be achieved through executive decree. I want to keep Americans safe, and I agree that we need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. But we must ensure any solution does not compromise our Second Amendment rights.”