Tarrant County commissioners ask Abbott for special session on guns

The resolution urges the state to implement “common sense gun reforms.”

Tarrant County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution asking Gov. Greg Abbott to call lawmakers into a special session on gun control.

Commissioner Roy Brooks proposed the resolution in response to the May 24 attack by an 18-year-old shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

The resolution urges the Legislature to approve “common sense gun reforms” but does not provide specifics.

“Texans who send their children to school, to their place of worship, or anywhere in our communities, should not live in the fear that their children, too, may become victims of mass shootings and gun violence,” the resolution reads.

Dallas County commissioners approved a similar resolution last week, asking Abbott to allow lawmakers to pass “common sense” laws around guns.

Its resolution suggested lawmakers consider raising the minimum age to buy assault rifles to 21, requiring universal background checks and strengthening mental health funding. The resolution also suggested introducing “red flag laws” — gun control regulations that allow police, family or others to ask a court to temporarily remove a firearm from someone who is believed to be a present danger to others or themselves.

In response to the shooting, Abbott has so far called for special legislative committees to examine what action might be taken to prevent future school shootings.

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