Dana Balter and John Katko, on the issues: Reducing gun violence and mass shootings

Dana Balter and John Katko, on the issues: Reducing gun violence and mass shootings

A report by advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety shows that as more Americans bought guns during the pandemic, more background checks were delayed and more guns could have been sold without them. Whether it’s mass shootings or random shootings in cities and towns across the country, gun violence remains a concern for many policymakers. But they have faced obstacles in passing legislation to address those acts of violence and prevent future shootings. In separate interviews, Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko and Democratic challenger Dana Balter — the two candidates in the 24th Congressional District race — shared their proposals for combating gun violence. One proposal Katko, R-Camillus, supports is the adoption of a federal red flag law. He has introduced a bill in the House that would encourage states to enact red flag laws — measures that would allow for the removal of guns from someone who is deemed to be a safety risk to themselves or others — by prioritizing them for federal funding. The bill outlines what states should include in their red flag laws to meet the federal standards. He also supported bills that would provide funding for mental health, school safety and training. And he voted to fully fund the instant background check system for gun purchases. As co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, Katko advocates for research to examine the link between mental illness and acts of violence. While mass shootings receive a lot of attention, there has been an uptick in […]

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