Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions As U.S. Attorney General

posted on February 9, 2017

Following contentious debate and a close vote, the U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as attorney general of the United States. 

The final Senate vote was 52-47, mostly along party lines, with one senator voting “present.” Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin voted with Republicans. 

Sessions was President Donald Trump’s first choice for the position and was backed by the National Rifle Association for his strong support of the Second Amendment and dedication to vigorously prosecuting violent criminals.

“I do believe the Second Amendment is a personal right, it’s a historic right of the American people …” Session had said during his confirmation hearing. “It’s just as much a part of the Constitution as any of the other great rights and liberties that we value.” 

Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, praised the Senate for staying the course and confirming Sessions.“He will make America a safer place by prosecuting violent criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.” — Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director.

“The NRA and our 5 million members would like to congratulate Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as attorney general,” Cox said. “He will make America a safer place by prosecuting violent criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners."

Earlier in the week, debate over Sessions became so contentions that Republicans in the Senate voted Tuesday night to rebuke Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for a speech opposing Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator’s character. “The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, setting up a series of roll-call votes on Warren’s conduct.

In the end, Trump’s nomination won confirmation, just as all of his other nominations have. The long-term effects of Sessions running the Justice Department will be fairer treatment for law-abiding gun owners and increased prosecution of violent criminals—a true win-win.

Mark Chesnut has been the editor of America’s 1st Freedom magazine for nearly 17 years and is an avid hunter, shooter and political observer.


25 States graphic
25 States graphic

25 States Have Now Gotten Out of Our Way

Just over three decades ago, only on state had constitutional carry. Now, half the country has gotten out of the way of Americans' right to carry concealed.

From The Editor: Will More Europeans Go Pro-Gun Rights?

It is an open question whether, as everyone sees Ukrainian citizens picking up rifles to defend their lives and liberty from Russian troops, more Europeans will come to the conclusion that this is a right every law-abiding person needs.

President’s Column | Ukraine’s Example

For anyone who ever needed proof of how crucial gun rights are to our survival and our safety, I have just two words of advice: Remember Ukraine!

Freedom’s Biggest Movement: Constitutional Carry

I am immensely proud to join with Second Amendment supporters across America in celebrating a major milestone reached in April, when Georgia became the 25th constitutional-carry state.

Standing Guard | 151 Years Strong!

With the NRA now over 150 years old, it's no overstatement to say that the vision, initiative and determination shared by you, me and millions of our fellow members have fueled the greatest restoration of freedom this nation has ever seen.

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits

The former president will headline a star-studded cast of political heavyweights at the NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas.

Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.