Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed Wednesday night as the country’s new Attorney General in a near-party-line vote in the senate—a decision gun rights groups have applauded.
According to this story from guns.com, Democrat Joe Manchin III broke party lines and voted for Sessions, as he said he would in November.
“The NRA and our five million members would like to congratulate Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as attorney general,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, in a statement. “He will make America a safer place by prosecuting violent criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
“During his confirmation hearings, Jeff Sessions said he would enforce the gun laws already on the books,” wrote Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt in a statement, the story says. “Now we will find out if the new attorney general is a man of his word—and willing to call the NRA’s bluff, enforce the law and side with police and the public against the gun lobby.”
During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, Sessions said he would “systematically prosecute criminals who use guns in committing crimes.”
“As United States Attorney, my office was a national leader in gun prosecutions nearly every year. We will partner with state and local law enforcement to take down these major drug trafficking cartels and dismantle criminal gangs,” he said.
Sessions has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. “Unlike his predecessors, Sessions knows that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem,” Cox wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today last month. “This is in marked contrast to Holder and Lynch, who constantly attacked America’s gun owners.”