U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has expressed concern that President Obama could act by executive order to increase gun control.
Vice President Biden reportedly said that the President would take executive action once enough information is gathered.
Murkowski said she could accept the use of executive orders to heighten the enforcement of existing gun laws, but not to implement new ones.
In an interview with Newscenter 11, Murkowski said "I am one who believes that we will not stop the violence that we see in so many parts of this country by taking from those who lawfully possess a firearm in the name of gun control. We need to make sure that this debate is not about demonizing those who feel very strongly about their second amendment right to possess a firearm."
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THE VETERAN LAWMAKER ALSO TOUCHED ON THE CONTROVERSIAL "FISCAL CLIFF," AND THE BEGINNING OF THE 213TH CONGRESS.
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Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he has no interest currently in a ban on sales of assault weapons in this country.
Begich told reporters during a teleconference yesterday that decision–makers can't "jump to the clamor of emotion" and create legislation that they think will be the "magic solution" to gun violence.
He says there's a broader issue of violence and a need for improved mental health services that need to be looked at.
Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make a list of recommendations on ways to curb gun violence soon.
Begich said he will look at what is proposed but is not supporting any new gun control measures at this point.