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Sens. Barrasso, Lummis against Cornyn-Murphy gun legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis recently voted against proceeding with the Cornyn-Murphy gun legislation bill in the U.S. Senate. They instead put emphasis on the need for safer schools and more mental health resources.

“I do not support this legislation and will continue to vote against it. As a senator for Wyoming, I know the meaning of the Second Amendment. I will not vote for any legislation that would jeopardize the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” Barrasso said. “My focus has been on mental health, school safety, and better enforcement of our current laws. This legislation goes beyond that.”

“What happened in Uvalde, Buffalo, and other communities across the country is heartbreaking. We want our children to be safe in school. We want parents to feel safe sending their kids to school. I will continue working in a bipartisan way to address our nation’s mental health crisis and make schools safer,” Barrasso added.

Lummis had similar sentiments.

“The Uvalde shooting was tragic and my heart goes out to all of the family members impacted by that horrific event. I 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 I would wholeheartedly support.,” Lummis said. “However, this legislation includes measures that infringe on the Second Amendment rights of lawfully abiding gun owners in Wyoming — something I will always oppose.”

Though they are voting against this bill, the senators are working to make school rooms safer in any way possible. Earlier this month, Barrasso and Lummis cosponsored the Safe Schools Act, which would allow local education agencies to repurpose unused COVID relief funds to harden schools.