AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas state officials on Friday called on the federal government to end its ban on new gun-control legislation, saying the legislation will do nothing to curb mass shootings.
“If you’re going to ban guns, you need to make sure that you have the resources to make that happen,” said Gov.
Greg Abbott, a Republican.
“You don’t want to spend money that we have to make it a law that will do zero.”
A similar measure was vetoed by President Donald Trump in April.
The state has seen a string of high-profile mass shootings in recent months, including the December killing of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, and the March shooting of two people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
The Texas bill passed by the state legislature would impose a one-year waiting period for individuals to buy a gun and impose limits on the amount of ammunition that can be carried.
The measure also requires a background check for private sales, but would not require it for private transfers.
Abbott said it is important for Texans to have the option to buy firearms, but the legislation does not address that issue.
“The people of Texas have the right to defend themselves and to defend their families,” Abbott said.
The federal ban has been criticized as a backdoor gun grab that could result in mass shootings by making it easier to legally purchase guns, potentially putting Texans at risk.
Trump said in April he would sign the measure if it passes Congress, but it was later pulled from consideration by a Senate committee.