Gun Restrictions Top Governor's Second 'Round Table on School Safety'

Gov. Greg Abbott emerged from his second 'round table discussion on school safety' with what he says are two ideas that both gun opponents and Second Amendment supporters can support, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"Shorten the time period and the court system for reporting adjudication of a mental health order, and requiring the report of the loss or theft of a gun," Abbott said.

Alice Tripp of the Texas State Rifle Association says the key was trying to find common ground between her and Ed Scruggs of Texans for Gun Sense wasn't easy.

"Nobody supports the criminal misuse of anything," she said

.But Tripp said it doesn't make sense to suggest that violent crime can be stopped by new gun laws.

"Crimes are not stopped by law," she said.  "Criminals don't fail to rob a 7-11 because they can't go into a 7-11 with a gun."

Scruggs says he hopes that solid solutions come out of the round table discussions.

"The governor will make a statement next week and recommend some steps, and let's see what comes out of that."

Today's third round table will focus on the victims of gun violence and its impact on communities.  The pastor of Sutherland Springs Baptist Church and several of his parishioners will be on hand at the Capitol.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Tx) told News Radio 1200 WOAI to make claims that the government is 'ignoring' the problem, as many have done since the Santa Fe school shooting, is just not true.

"In the Sutherland Springs Shooting we found the background check system wasn't working the way it should, and we passed the 'FIX NICS' act to make changes," Cornyn said.

"After the Las Vegas shooting, the President decided to take on the issue of 'bump stocks,' which are now essentially being banned."

And Cornyn says after February's Parkland High School shooting, the Congress moved to pass the 'Stop School Violence Act' which increases funding for school security.


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