ALABAMA (WHNT) — Lawmakers across the state of Alabama reacted to the deadly shooting Tuesday at a Texas elementary school that left at least 19 children dead, along with two adults.

Before the state primary election and throughout the voting campaign, several candidates running for statewide office made a promise to Republican voters of protecting the Second Amendment.

In the wake of the shooting at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, some Alabama lawmakers are advocating for changes to existing gun laws which they say are in the governor’s hands – while also protecting gun rights. 

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt offered a familiar sentiment after the massacre.

“The issue is not the Second Amendment,” Britt said. “Guns aren’t the problem. We’ve got to really drill down and take a look at people.”

In March, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill that would allow people in Alabama to carry concealed weapons without a permit, ending a long battle between gun rights and law enforcement.

That same month, the Alabama Senate approved a bill during the legislative session that would forbid law enforcement from carrying out executive orders by the Biden Administration aimed at reducing gun violence. 

“We need to see where there is a balance between the right to bear arms and sensible gun laws in place,” said Will Boyd, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Boyd urges federal lawmakers to take a second look at the strong gun laws in the state. Boyd as well as other Alabama Democratic lawmakers say getting the guns into the hands of the wrong people needs to be addressed.

“School is out, and we have a few weeks to act and make some adjustments right away but that won’t bring back those 19 kids and two teachers,” Boyd told News 19. “That won’t bring back the 200 people who lost their lives to mass murder as we’re coming into May.”

Linda Coleman-Madison, the Democratic nominee for Alabama Senate District 20, stated:

Is this the legacy we are leaving for the next generation? Because now you’re saying we don’t need to know who’s buying it.

Just go to the gun store and buy it from somebody else because you don’t need to have a permit. The police are saying ‘you are tying our hands.’

Linda Coleman-Madison

Lawmakers say it’s up to the voters to speak up about the mass shootings in order to make law changes stick.