WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) released the following statement after voting against the Senate gun legislation:
“I have always been a proud supporter of our Second Amendment rights. As the Supreme Court rightly recognized this week, any attempts to interfere with law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights should be subject to a high level of scrutiny. I carefully considered this bill, and ultimately, I believe it fell short of ensuring protection of our Constitutional second amendment rights. While I appreciate that the bill includes provisions that focus on mental health, I have serious concerns over how states could implement red flag laws without appropriate due process protections, and I am disappointed with the lack of direct funding to safeguard our schools. I would have welcomed the opportunity to thoughtfully address these concerns, but we were given about an hour to review the bill before we were asked to take the first vote, and there was no amendment process to improve the bill once it was on the floor. For these reasons, I could not support this bill.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.