To stop gun violence, Texas Republicans turn to gun lobby group based in Newtown

To stop gun violence, Texas Republicans turn to gun lobby group based in Newtown

In the wake of two deadly Texas shootings, the state’s Republican leaders are turning to an unlikely source for solutions: The gun lobby. The firearms industry was instrumental in shutting down a gun violence prevention proposal pitched by members of both parties after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, saying it would hurt its members’ ability to sell guns. Now as pressure builds both political parties, Republican leaders who control the governments in Washington and Austin are giving the industry’s own gun safety ideas a chance. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week proposed giving a $1 million grant to a gun storage education program run by the National Shooting Sports Foundation — a trade association based in Newtown, site of the Sandy Hook shootings, that represents the firearms industry. Latest news by email The afternoon’s latest local news Recaptcha requires verification. I’m not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms The program distributes gun locks to gun owners and encourages them to keep their firearms locked up when not in use. It’s part of a much larger gun violence prevention proposal Abbott unveiled after a shooter killed 10 students at Santa Fe High School in Texas last month. The grant money would come from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, according to Abbott’s plan . Abbott’s office did not respond to questions about the proposal. An NSSF spokesman said the group is working with the governor to "explore the way ahead." NSSF also worked with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, […]

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