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A series of Democratic governors on Wednesday called for state lawmakers to quickly pass tougher gun control measures after a shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school left 19 children dead, as Congress appears unlikely to take any action.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and top Democratic state lawmakers said at an event Wednesday they plan to quickly pass more than a dozen proposals aimed at curbing gun violence, including one allowing private citizens to sue gun manufacturers, which was written in response to Texas abortion restrictions allowing lawsuits against abortion clinics and providers.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called on lawmakers to pass a ban on the sale of assault weapons to residents under 21, calling such action “just common sense”, though it’s unclear at this point if leaders of the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature support the moves.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf asked lawmakers to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales and called for the creation of a state “red flag law,” allowing a court to temporarily bar someone from possessing firearms if they are believed to be a present danger, but new restrictions are likely a longshot to pass the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.
In a speech Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Republicans were taking “blood money” by not supporting stricter gun control, calling for the state legislature to pass a “comprehensive gun safety” package requiring residents to take safety courses before buying guns, among other new restrictions.
Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee urged the state’s heavily Democratic legislature to pass new restrictions, such as a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
It’s not clear whether new gun control measures would survive court challenges. A federal appeals court earlier this month struck down a California ban preventing adults under 21 from buying semiautomatic weapons.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated he likely won’t bring a vote to the Senate floor this week on new gun control measures, since it’s clear there wouldn’t be enough Republican support to overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
Gun control advocates are again demanding action after another mass shooting, but Republican lawmakers are showing no signs of throwing support behind new gun restrictions. Authorities say an 18-year-old male gunman killed 19 children and two teachers during a midday rampage Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde before being shot by police. The shooting was the deadliest at a U.S. elementary school in more than a decade, but came just 10 days after a shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, left 10 people dead. Police also identified the gunman in that shooting as an 18-year-old male.
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