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More Than 200 Mayors Call for Senate Action on Guns

The calls for gun safety laws come after the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

More than 200 mayors have signed a letter urging the U.S. Senate to pass new gun safety laws, following two mass shootings that left 31 dead in dozens more injured in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

In addition to the mayors of both El Paso and Dayton, mayors of other cities where mass shootings have occurred also signed the letter, including the mayors of Pittsburgh, PA, Orlando and Parkland, FL and Annapolis, MD.

The letter asks Senators to return from their August recess to pass gun safety bills already passed by the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year. The bills would expand background checks on all gun sales in the United States.

The Associated Press reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is resisting pressure to pass gun safety legislation and that the measures "have little Republican support ." President Donald Trump has publicly supported expanded background checks, but has not called for Republican senators to support the House-passed bills.

The Washington Post reports President Trump has also pushed for "red flag" laws, which would allow a court to ban gun access for someone they believe is an imminent threat to themselves or others . The idea has support from several prominent Republican senators, but conservatives also fear that such a law could infringe on gun owners' rights.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed a bill approving red flag laws and other gun control measures earlier this year, in response to the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue .

In addition to the measures that have some bipartisan support, Democrats have also proposed more aggressive gun control legislation, including a renewal of the assault weapons ban and limits on magazine size and ammunition sales. These measures have virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate.

You can click here to write to your Senators, and let them know your thoughts on the best way to respond to gun violence.

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