North Texas Mayors Want Action On Gun Bills

Steven Pickering
August 09, 2019 - 8:02 am

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Mayors of several North Texas cities are joining with a national group that is urging the U.S. Senate to pass bills related to background checks for gun purchases.

More than 200 members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer asking lawmakers to return from their summer recess to discuss the bills.

The letter was signed by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and Rowlett Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian. The mayors of El Paso, Houston, Austin and San Antonio also signed the document.

“The tragic events in El Paso and Dayton are just the latest reminders that our nation’s leaders need to act and to act now,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said in a written statement released by his office. "We know firsthand here in Dallas, after the tragic events of July 7, 2016, the effect these senseless acts of violence have on our communities.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is asking the Senate to pass two bills already approved by the House of Representatives. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019, would require all firearm purchases to undergo a NICS background check and would increase law enforcement’s ability to trace crime guns. H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, would extend the background check review period deadline from three to 10 business days.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has not indicated any plans to call Senators back from their summer recess early. He has said the Senate will discuss gun violence measures in September.