U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., opposed efforts to move forward on gun control legislation yesterday due to concerns that the legislation infringes on the Second Amendment and seeks to expand regulations on gun owners when current laws are not being enforced.
"Wyoming is not New York City. Wyoming is a state where people own guns and their freedom to do so is cherished. The bill before the Senate would limit the ability for lawful Wyoming residents to transfer or even loan their firearms to family members or neighbors. This is focusing on the wrong issue," Enzi said. "We shouldn't be trying to expand background checks when current laws that prohibit criminals from attempting to obtain firearms have gone unenforced."
The Senate voted 68-31 to proceed to the gun control bill, S. 649. Enzi said a new federal law is not the answer to every problem.
"There is no doubt we need to do more to curb the senseless acts of violence that occur in this country. However, the solution must focus on the problem. We need to focus on the violence and its cause. Parents should be telling their children regularly that it is wrong to hurt or kill people. Parents should be looking at many factors, including the effect of violent video games and movies," Enzi said. "Infringing further on one of our most important and basic constitutional rights is not going to solve the problem. What it would do is force law-abiding citizens of my state to live like other people want them to live instead of how they want to live while criminals still evade the law."
The Senate will continue to debate gun control legislation next week.