Uvalde School Shooting: Tragedy in Texas prompts calls for gun control legislation

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas has prompted calls for new national gun laws.

Siri Kaufman survived the 2018 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“The shootings can happen anywhere as long as we let people get guns without background checks,” she said.

A rally was held in Washington DC on Thursday urging Congress to act now.

It would take 10 Senate Republicans to move a bill forward.

California Senator Alex Padilla spoke at the rally.

“We know the answer. You heard it: a ban on assault weapons,” he said. “Enhanced background checks, get rid of large-capacity magazines, red-flag laws.”

The Texas shooter used an AR-15 assault rifle that he bought when he turned 18.

California bans most assault weapons.

“We’ve had this in California for three decades, we need this at the federal level,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Other states have no ban on assault weapons. It is considered constitutional.”

These are some of California’s gun laws.

  • You must be at least 21 years old to purchase a gun, and the process involves a background check and a waiting period.
  • Criminals with a criminal record and the mentally ill are not allowed to own a weapon.
  • California’s red flag law allows people to seek a restraining order to remove guns from potentially dangerous individuals.

“You can go to court and have the gun temporarily removed from that person’s hand, it’s not the same type in every other state or even at the federal level,” Bonta said.

The California Senate passed a gun control bill that allows people to sue those who make or sell ghost guns or illegal assault weapons.

Lawmakers said there would be more gun laws in the coming weeks.

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Laura Coffey

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