A national gun rights organization is denouncing U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and 17 other GOP senators who voted with Democrats to pass last month’s $1.7 trillion dollar government funding bill, which is riddled with gun control initiatives, including $11 million for groups that push for increased gun restrictions.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) issued a statement last month noting that the spending bill contained appropriations that promote President Biden’s agenda to disarm law abiding Americans.

GOA pointed out that many who voted for the spending package are fully on board with this plan, while others – like Murkowski – claim to support Second Amendment rights, while helping to under mine them.

“You’ll notice a lot of repeat anti-2A offenders on that list,” GOA stated. “But you’ll also see a ton of Senators who hail from pro-gun states, and yet, voted for 12 gun control items.”

The most egregious items from the bill, according to GOA, include the following:

— 14.1% ATF budget increase to facilitate Biden’s Pistol ban

— 50% increase for the ATF part of the budget that maintains the illegal near-billion record gun registry

— $700+ million in funding available to bribe states to pass “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Laws, which grant law enforcement the ability to confiscate a citizen’s firearms if they’re suspected (not charged or convicted) of being a threat to themselves or others.

— Money for anti-gun CDC research while the agency suppresses self-defense statistics

“This is how the Swamp says Merry Christmas to you – by attacking your God-given rights,” the group added.

The Epoch Times pointed out that all 18 of the Republican senators claimed to support the Second Amendment on their respective websites and yet most – including Murkowski – justified their vote on the omnibus bill with appeals to national security issues, military spending, and funding for special state projects.

Anti-gun groups often advocate for indirect gun control measures that won’t spark as much national pushback from Second Amendment groups. Embedding gun control measures in a massive government funding bill, is an indirect way of advancing the anti-gun agenda.

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National 2A group decries Murkowski and GOP senators for anti-gun vote

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • John J Otness says:


    • Billy says:

      Wow this article is a hot mess! So many lies and nonsensical declarations.

      1:There is no ‘Biden Pistol Ban’. That is a made up joke. 2:Red flag laws are legal and constitutional, according to the courts, therefore are NOT a violation of the 2A. People get due process before they are asked to turn their guns in. Law abiding citizens will follow a judges order. 3:The gun registry is not illegal…it too has been deemed 100% Constitutional. 4: CDC…anti-gun research? Really? Why is a disease institute doing gun research again? This isn’t even a plausible story, lol.

      • Echo Teller says:

        Well, while The Constitution stands, there is no need to argue it. There are far more Patriots who will take a stand than woke folks with hands full of other people’s opinions and air. Everything that was called a conspiracy theory thus far has been proven to be true by this “Administration.” Wherever you go and whatever you do, do it with all your might…with the certain knowledge that it was the hill worth dying on.” That’s one of the last things my Daddy said before he passed away and I took it to heart.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Billy, please cite your sources for all of your statements. I would appreciate being able to see what your sources say that you based your statements on.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Here is Gun Owners of America (GOA) Fact Sheet – Gun Control Problems with FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations. Does anyone else have fact sheets that they can share?

      • Billy says:

        Friend requests of Humanity, the burden of proof is actually on YOU to show that a law is unconstitutional. Because the law got PASSED, it is presumed to be constitutional until a court decides it is not. That is how laws work. Alaskans made their Constitution ban people that have membership in anti-government groups(like Oath Keepers). Now that rule is being challenged, which people have a right to do. The judge kinda waked the line trying to split hairs, and their ruling makes no logical sense. But their ruling did not touch the Constitutionality of the ban. Instead they tailored their ruling to try and straddle both the 1A and the AK constitution. Understandable, but short-sighted, IMO. But that is an example of how laws work. Gay marriage in Alaska is another example. First, gay marriage was permitted by the original Constitution, until Alaskans voted to change the constitution. Then, that rule was considered constitutional UNTIL it was thrown out in Hamby V Parnell. Red flag laws have been passed in several states. They have been challenged in court before. To my knowledge, no state has had them invalidated, meaning they are defacto constitutional. If Alaska passes a red flag law, it will be legal and constitutional until someone challenges it and has it ruled unconstitutional…which of course will never happen lol. Us being in the 9th Circuit and all that . I don’t need a source about Biden’s ‘pistol ban’. There is no such thing, and nobody is working on anything of the sort. An opinion given to a reporter in the aftermath of a tragic shooting is NOT a new policy. He is explicitly quoted in YOUR article as saying he knows he can’t ban pistols. Even if he wanted to blanket ban pistols, he knows better than to try. Moderates like me would never support it. And even if he DID ban pistols, it wouldnt have any effect on you or I because we would be grandfathered in. This already happened when we banned assault weapons in the 80s. Nobody got their guns taken away. You just couldnt buy any MORE of them or sell the ones you had.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        U.S. Law Shield Legal Defense for Self Defense: Red Flag Laws: What Are They & How Do They Work? 3/2022

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Seriously Billy – you said, “…burden of proof is actually on YOU.” I asked you to show me your sources that you based your statements on because, perhaps, I don’t know and need to learn why this is so? So, once again, can you please show me the sources that you base your statements on? Additionally, please call me by my “name” that I have posted here because I find your changes to my name disrespectful.

      • Sharon Alice Turner says:

        Perhaps, they have not paid attention to very recent attacks by machete and knife wielding terrorists.. Very quiet, no GSR (residue). Do never overlook the much cheaper and equally effective “Molotov cocktail”.. harder to trace, no ballistics to compare. And many more very ‘cheap’, means of mayhem available to all. grandma

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Firearms Policy Coalition: This website posted during the time when President Trump was still in office, but give information and background on the Red Flag Laws.

  • Steve says:

    Lisa has finally morphed into the full fledged snake she pretended not to be.

    • Great Granny says:

      FINALLY? She always has been a ‘snake’…this time with the help of McConnell and RCV!! Hopefully both will be gone before next election!!

  • Mb says:

    So… where is the recall petition for Lisa. If you run on lies you need to recalled.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    We will sign it!

  • NAV says:

    This SNAKE has voted against party lines 100% of the time, no surprise for the one who put into play rank choice voting and eliminated closed primaries in Alaska because she knew she would never get re elected again without cheating !!!!