U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after the Senate conducted a series of votes on gun legislation:
"I've said all along that there are commonsense things we can do to keep our communities safe, but we must do them without undermining our Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately the bill on the Senate floor today would have done just that."
"I supported several amendments today, including cracking down on illegal activity and increasing penalties for things like criminals illegally obtaining guns through a third party. I believe enforcing the laws currently on the books must be a key component of any strategy to reduce gun violence. I also believe we must address the issue of mental health. That is why Senator Graham and I have introduced legislation to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are a danger to themselves or others."
"I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep our communities safe and reduce acts of gun violence without undermining Alaska values or infringing on our fundamental rights. "