HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- President Obama announced today that he is taking 23 executive actions to increase gun control in the United States.
Those 23 actions that Obama is taking do not require congressional action. It's a move that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions opposes.
"If that's the way they go, I think it would be a big mistake," said Senator Sessions. "I feel that, as I travel Alabama recently, people are coming up to me and saying, don't let them take our guns."
Senator Sessions says many Alabamians are concerned about the possible restriction of certain types of firearms, mainly those that are simply basic hunting rifles.
"They believe in the 2nd Amendment, the constitutional right to keep and bear arms," said Sessions. "It's in the Constitution and Alabamians believe in that."
The President is asking Congress to pass gun control laws that would include a ban on military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines. It would also strengthen background checks for gun buyers. Senator Sessions says he expects Congress to battle with the President over these actions, but it will be treated as an other piece of legislation.
"We'll have to wrestle through the questions of what Congress should do, just as any bill is promoted," said Sessions.
Following the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shootings, it's a fight that President Obama says is worth taking on.
"If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence," said President Obama, "if even one life can be saved, we have an obligation to try."