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Mayors push Senate to return to Washington for gun bill vote

6 months 1 week 2 days ago Wednesday, August 07 2019 Aug 7, 2019 August 07, 2019 11:07 PM August 07, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MATTHEW DALY and LISA MASCARO
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 200 mayors, including the mayors of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, are urging Senate leaders to call senators back to the Capitol to act on bipartisan gun safety legislation.

The mayors say weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton that left 31 people dead are "just the latest reminders that our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them."

They urged the Senate to pass two bills expanding background checks for gun sales that passed the House earlier this year.

The letter is signed by El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and other mayors where mass shootings have occurred.

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