The Texas House Democratic Caucus is calling on Governor Abbott to call a special session related to last month’s elementary school massacre in Uvalde.
“Texans want common sense gun reform,” said Caucus Chairman, Rep. Chris Turner. “Including raising the age to purchase an assault weapon, enacting extreme risk protective orders, closing background check loopholes, and require that stolen guns be reported to law enforcement.”
Turner said that since the Uvalde massacre lawmakers have been meeting with their communities and local stakeholders about potential ways to curb school shootings.
Governor Abbott has not called a special session, but did direct House and Senate committees to investigate the massacre.
“The investigations being conducted by the Texas Rangers and the FBI are ongoing, and we look forward to the full results being shared with the victims’ families and the public, who deserve the full truth of what happened that tragic day,” said Renae Eze with the Governor’s Office. “The Governor has requested the Texas legislature work together on legislative recommendations to make schools safer, including considering school safety, mental health, firearm safety, police training, social media, and more, and the special legislative committees have already begun meeting and deliberating proposed solutions. These House Democrats should work with their colleagues, rather than holding press conferences to promote themselves.”
Governor Abbott said all options remain on the table as he continues working with state and local leaders to prevent future tragedies.
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