U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) told 1819 News Wednesday that he believes a recent ruling by a federal judge that allows illegal immigrants to own guns in America could be overturned.

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, an Obama-appointed federal judge from Illinois, ruled a specific case of an illegal immigrant caught with a weapon in Chicago was dismissed.

The judge wrote there is no specific language precluding noncitizens of Second Amendment rights.

"If you're here illegally, you've broken the law, and you don't have the right to carry a gun in a country that you're not a citizen," Tuberville said of the decision. "So, we need to keep Americans safe, and hopefully, we'll have some judge step in down the road and bring reality back to this decision."

Tuberville also said Democrats need to move to pass the Laken Riley Act to protect Americans by requiring ICE to detain illegal aliens who commit theft, burglary, larceny or shoplifting.

"It's outrageous," said Tuberville. "They want to release criminals into our country. It's absolutely reckless and it will lead to more crimes [and] more deaths against Americans. Democrats need to put policies aside and do the right thing one time, please."

Democrats blocked the Laken Riley Act from passing the Senate last week.

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