US Mayors Call for New Gun Control Measures

By Ken Bredemeier |

VOA File: Demonstrators protest the visit of President Donald Trump to El Paso, Texas, after the Aug. 3 mass shooting in the city, Aug. 7, 2019. Trump went to El Paso, after visiting Dayton, Ohio, to offer a message of healing and unity.

WASHINGTON – More than 200 U.S. mayors demanded Thursday that the Senate return from its summer recess to approve gun control legislation in the aftermath of two mass shootings last weekend that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing 214 cities with both Republican and Democratic leaders, told Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that it was urgent for the Senate to approve the measures already passed by the House of Representatives in February.

That legislation calls for background checks for all gun purchasers and would extend the waiting period for gun transactions from three to 10 days when instant checks raise questions about would-be buyers.

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