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Murkowski Statement on Gun Legislation Vote


Location: Washington, DC

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted against proceeding to consideration of gun votes on the U.S. Senate floor without the legislation being fully detailed in advance. The "cloture vote' passed 68-31, though, and Murkowski shared here reasoning afterwards:

"More than most states, Alaskans are protective of our 2nd Amendment rights and we guard them as we guard our property and loved ones. Today we voted to proceed to consider a bill unacceptable to Alaskans based solely on the promise that it will be improved upon by proposals that haven't been fully introduced for public evaluation. Alaskans and Americans have seen what happens when Congress votes on things so we can find out what's in them later, and they don't like it.

"With today's vote, it's my hope that we will consider effective, straightforward and honest ways to reduce violence by improving our mental health care system, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, and enforcing existing laws. I hope the path improves from this point forward."

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