Massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, prompt emergency resolution from Austin City Council member

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Following the deadly shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend that claimed a total of 31 lives at the time of this report, one Austin City Council member wants to push through an emergency resolution on gun safety for the Aug. 8 meeting.

District 10 Council Member Alison Alter’s resolution calls for the U.S. Senate to immediately reconvene and pass “common-sense gun violence prevention laws,” similar to the legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. The Senate is in recess until Sept. 6.

The resolution also calls for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to bring state legislators back to the Texas Capitol to pass similar measures in a special emergency session. Alter’s resolution specifies passing pieces of Abbott’s own School and Firearm Safety Action Plan, such as the red flag laws that would take guns away from people who are deemed dangerous.

President Donald Trump also called for a national red flag law Aug. 5 following the weekend’s tragedies.

“Our places of worship, our schools, our shopping centers, our theaters and our social venues have been transformed from safe places to targets,” Alter said in a City Council message board post Aug. 5. “Our hearts have broken too many times following mass shootings in other communities, and we now live with the reality that Austin is not immune.”

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Council Members Kathie Tovo, Leslie Pool and Paige Ellis have signed on to back Alter’s resolution.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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