The Texas GOP wants to bury gun control in another commission

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:48:37 PM. 'We don’t need a commission. We need bills...What are we going to do in a commission, sit around and talk?'
Share U.S. Guns Gun Regulation A Texas Republican wants to create a blue-ribbon panel to study gun violence in the wake of Sunday's mass killing at a church — but a rival Democrat said no one needs another commission to "sit around and talk" about a crisis crying out for action. State Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican, proposed a bipartisan gun law commission this week, but one day later, two fellow state lawmakers, both Democrats, said the murder of 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church showed it was time to declare a public health emergency and change laws. "We don’t need a commission. We need bills," Poncho Nevárez said. "What are we going to do in a commission, sit around and talk?" Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012 and gun makers have reported a record high in demand. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass school shooting in Connecticut. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images As a gun owner himself, Nevárez said he did not want to take away weapons from owners—which might not survive a legal challenge anyway—but called out Republican proposals as not going far enough to stop future shootings. "It's almost fatalistic," Nevárez said. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton this...Read more
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