Gun control groups applaud Democrat upset in Alabama Senate election
By Chris Eger
Former federal prosecutor Doug Jones ended up on top of the vote after Tuesday’s special election in Alabama for the open U.S. Senate seat from the state. (Photo: AL.com)
A special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat in the U.S. Senate until 2021 unexpectedly went to the Democrats, to the joy of those seeking stronger gun laws.
Former federal prosecutor Doug Jones, the Democrat running against longtime Alabama Chief Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, bested the Republican in a very tight election Tuesday.
When Jones takes office, providing outstanding votes don’t tip the final tally in Moore’s favor, the GOP will control 51 of 100 seats in the Senate. This means Republicans will have that much more pressure to both unite their party as a block and stave off Democrat filibusters on partisan legislation such as national concealed carry reciprocity which currently had 39 co-sponsors in the chamber including sitting U.S. Senator Luther Strange, appointed to temporarily fill the seat earlier this year by Alabama’s governor. Another bill that has seen more support in the House, the Hearing Protection Act, only has 18 Senate sponsors, again counting Strange.
This leaves gun control advocates optimistic.
“We congratulate Senator-elect Doug Jones on running a