In the wake of the El Paso shootings, as well as a spike in local shootings, San Antonio City Council today will take up the very controversial issue of whether the city can impose some type of gun regulations, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"The city has to do what we need to do to really find out what else we can do to deal with the scourge of gun violence in our community, Mayor Nirenberg said.
He says one idea that will be floated will be 'gun buybacks,' where the City would use tax money to pay people to give up their guns to the City, which would then be destroyed.
"That's been done before," Nirenberg said. "I'm not saying that is what is going to be proposed, but that is one example of something that has been done over the years."
Gun buybacks would be voluntary and are not in violation of the Second Amendment. But their validity has been questioned, and San Antonio Polcie Chief Bill McManus is among those who have argued that gun buybacks do nothing to reduce gun violence, because people frequently use the money they receive to buy newer, better guns.
Another idea being floated, according to McManus, is expanded 'data sharing,' where police and other law enforcement agencies can get better and more up to date information on weapon ownership.
Also expected to be discussed are restrictions on gun shows, which has also been discussed in the past.
The city's attempt to delve into an areas usually reserved for federal and state lawmakers is an example of a new trend in government in Texas. Like San Antonio's climate change plan, as well as the mandatory sick pay ordinance, more and more, liberal activists are avoiding conservatives state and federal lawmakers and taking their issues directly to cities, which have a tendency to be more liberal leaning.