As Abbott weighs gun violence proposals, cost will be an issue

As Abbott weighs gun violence proposals, cost will be an issue

0 Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during Thursday’s discussion about school gun violence at the Capitol. The meeting included survivors and victims’ families from several mass shootings, including Santa Fe High School. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN By the time Gov. Greg Abbott concluded his three-day session on school gun violence Thursday evening, two things had become apparent — proposed solutions won’t come cheap, and those hoping for tougher limits on guns are going to be disappointed. Abbott said the meetings provided more than 100 suggestions that will be winnowed down into a prioritized action plan that will be made public at an unspecified date. But the governor also listed several suggestions that caught his eye during the mostly private meetings at the Capitol, shifting attention to the next big question — how to pay for many of the pricey solutions in a tough economic climate amid sharp disagreements over education priorities at the Legislature. Asked about the potential costs, Abbott said his first focus was on identifying problems and weighing solutions, with important details to follow, including finding the money and deciding whether a special session is needed before the Legislature’s regular session begins in January. RELATED: Intense, tearful meeting with shooting survivors ends Abbott gun talks “We do recognize some of these proposals will require more funding. We have not talked about specific funding yet,” Abbott said after Wednesday’s session. “I believe there will be a commitment in the Capitol to make sure that we are smart and strategic […]

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