Lawmakers calling for federal action on gun safety measures

August 06, 2019

San Mateo Daily Journal
By Anna Schuessler

Shock, deep grief and resolve to enact more stringent measures at the federal level to restrict access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were among the experiences shared by congressional and state legislators following two mass shootings across the nation this weekend.

Materializing less than a week after a July 28 shooting in Gilroy that left three festivalgoers dead, reports of a Saturday shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that killed 22 people and messages on her phone indicating another tragedy the next day in Dayton, Ohio, left nine victims dead were difficult to comprehend for U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto.

In addition to thinking that national tragedies are happening in local communities, Eshoo said she was also struck by the tragedy that the U.S. Senate had not yet taken up a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in February that would require a background check for every firearm purchased.

By closing a loophole allowing guns to be purchased without background checks online or at gun show, the bill that received input from law enforcement agencies across the country and could have saved lives, if passed, is languishing before the U.S. Senate, noted Eshoo.