U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and John Barrasso (R-WY) released a joint statement after voting against proceeding to the Cornyn-Murphy gun legislation in the Senate. Barrasso said that as a senator for Wyoming, he knows the meaning of the Second Amendment and he will not vote for any legislation that would jeopardize the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Barrasso said his focus has been on mental health, school safety, and better enforcement of our current laws and the Cornyn-Murphy legislation goes beyond that.
Lummis said the Uvalde shooting was tragic and her heart goes out to all of the family members impacted by the horrific event and that she was hopeful the Senate would act to prevent these kinds of tragedies in the future by addressing mental health issues and ways to make our schools safer, something she said she would wholeheartedly support. Lummis said the legislation includes measures that infringe on the Second Amendment rights of lawfully abiding gun owners in Wyoming – something she will always oppose.
In a procedural move Tuesday night, the Senate voted 64 to 34 to advance the bipartisan legislation. The bill needs to clear a full vote in the Senate before being sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. The measure would enhance background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21 and includes funding for community based anti-violence programs and mental health services. If the bill is enacted, it would be the first major gun legislation since 1994.
Last modified: June 22, 2022