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Dayton shooting: Gunman killed his sister, but was the ‘sororicide' intentional?

Dayton shooting: Gunman killed his sister, but was the ‘sororicide' intentional?The murder of a sister is sororicide. Officials says it's too early to tell whether Megan Betts was a target of Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton.



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PHOTOS: Ohio mass shooting leaves 10 dead including the gunman

PHOTOS: Ohio mass shooting leaves 10 dead including the gunmanA gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring dozens, authorities say, in the second U.S. mass shooting in less than 24 hours.



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Ohio shooting: At least nine killed in Dayton by gunman ‘wearing body armour’ just hours after mass shooting in El Paso

Ohio shooting: At least nine killed in Dayton by gunman ‘wearing body armour’ just hours after mass shooting in El PasoAt least 10 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Sunday morning, police have said.It came less than 24 hours after another mass shooting in the US, when a lone gunman in El Paso, Texas, shot dead 20 people on Saturday.Dayton police department said 10 people, including the gunman, had been killed, with another 16 people in local hospitals. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.The city’s mayor, Nan Whaley, said the shooter was wearing body armour and used a “.223 high-capacity” gun during the assault. “In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter,” Ms Whaley said in a press conference.On its Twitter account, the department said the active shooter situation began in the Oregon District at around 1am, but that officers “in the immediate vicinity” were able to “put an end to it quickly”.Police believe there was only one shooter, and have not yet identified the suspect or a motive. Lieutenant colonel Matt Carper said the suspect used a long gun and fired multiple rounds. Video from the scene near downtown Dayton showed a host of emergency vehicles on a street that had been cordoned off.The Oregon District is a historic neighbourhood near downtown Dayton that’s home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants and theatres. The shooting took place outside, on the 400 block of East 5th Street. “This is extremely unusual, obviously, for any community, let alone Dayton,” Mr Carper said at a press conference. “In our Oregon District, this is unheard of.” Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman Terrea Little said 16 victims have been received at the hospital but could not confirm their conditions.Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long said multiple victims from a shooting had been brought to system hospitals but did not have details on how many.“I’m heartbroken,” Ms Whaley tweeted early on Sunday, before thanking first responders for their efforts. Nikita Papillon, 23, was across the street at Newcom’s Tavern when the shooting started. She said she saw a girl she had talked to earlier lying outside Ned Peppers Bar. “She had told me she liked my outfit and thought I was cute, and I told her I liked her outfit and I thought she was cute,” Ms Papillon said. She herself had been to Ned Peppers the night before, describing it as the kind of place “where you don’t have to worry about someone shooting up the place.” “People my age, we don’t think something like this is going to happen,” she said. “And when it happens, words can’t describe it.” Tianycia Leonard, 28, was in the back, smoking, at Newcom’s. She heard “loud thumps” that she initially thought was people pounding on a bin. “It was so noisy, but then you could tell it was gunshots and there was a lot of rounds,” Ms Leonard said. Governor Mike DeWine issued his own statement before 7am, announcing that he had ordered flags in Ohio remain at half-mast and offered assistance to Ms Whaley. “Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton, the statement said. “We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families.” Additional reporting by agencies



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El Paso shooting: 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius ‘espoused racist tropes and voiced support for Christchurch mosque gunman’

El Paso shooting: 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius ‘espoused racist tropes and voiced support for Christchurch mosque gunman’The suspected gunman behind the El Paso shooting that has left at least 20 people dead is believed to be a 21-year-old white man called Patrick Crusius. Though Crusius was not named by law enforcement as the shooter, local media reported his name and published what it said were CCTV images of the suspect armed with a rifle.The Texas city’s police chief said the assault on a Walmart store on Saturday, which left another 26 people wounded, was being investigated as a potential hate crimePolice officially identified a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb some 650 miles east of El Paso.The attack came just minutes after a far-right manifesto appeared online. Senior law enforcement officials told NBC News they were “reasonably confident” the document had been posted by the shooting suspect on online message board 8chan. If authentic, it would make it the third mass shooting this year announced in advance on the website, which often features far-right and racist content. El Paso police chief Greg Allen said authorities were examining the manifesto, which indicated “there is a potential nexus to a hate crime”. Officials declined to elaborate and said the investigation was continuing.The racist four-page document, titled “The Inconvenient Truth”, calls the Walmart attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas” and expresses support for the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year.He rails against automation, the “destruction of our environment” and immigration, and says his views were influenced by the so-called “Great Replacement”, a white supremacist conspiracy theory that claims people of European descent are being overwhelmed.The 2,300-word diatribe expresses hatred of “race mixing” and suggests the US should be split up into different regions for different ethnicities.His opinions on immigration, he writes, predate “Trump and his campaign for president”, though the author repeatedly uses talking points often wielded by the US president, including the claim “illegals” are “invading” the country, and that the mainstream media publishes “fake news”. CNN reported the FBI has opened a domestic terror investigation into the shooting.At least two Democratic presidential candidates, Pete Buttigieg and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke, drew connections to a resurgence in white nationalism and xenophobic politics in the US.“America is under attack from homegrown white nationalist terrorism,” Mr Buttigieg said at a candidates forum in Las Vegas.Mr O’Rourke partially blamed Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, which “fundamentally changes the character of the country – and it leads to violence”.On Twitter, Mr Trump branded the shooting “an act of cowardice”, adding, “I know that I stand with everyone in this country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people”.The carnage ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, after a 1984 shooting in San Ysidro, California, that claimed 21 lives.It came just six days after the last major outbreak of US gun violence in a public place – a food festival in California where a teenager killed three people with an assault rifle and injured a dozen others before taking his own life in a hail of police gunfire.Just hours after the El Paso attack, a gunman shot dead at least nine people outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio, early on Sunday morning.“We are going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder but also as a hate crime, which is exactly what it appears to be,” Texas governor Greg Abbott told reporters of the Walmart attack, adding, “I don’t want to get ahead of the evidence”.Refusing to call for tightening gun control measures, Mr Abbott said it was time to “focus more on memorials before we start the politics”. In an emotional statement, El Paso county sheriff Richard Wiles railed against those “jumping in front of the cameras and offering prayers and condolences as things just keep getting worse”. “It’s time to rise up and hold our representatives accountable at all levels. I want representatives who will stand up to racism. Who will stand up and support the diversity of our nation and our state,” he said. Additional reporting by Reuters



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El Paso shooting: At least 20 dead as gunman opens fire in Texas Walmart

El Paso shooting: At least 20 dead as gunman opens fire in Texas WalmartAt least 20 people have been killed and more than two dozen injured in a mass shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas.  A gunman armed with an AK-47-style assault rifle opened fire on victims as young as four months old in Cielo Vista mall at around 10am local time. Most were shot in a Walmart store within the shopping complex before the shooter was detained at the scene, police said. US media outlets named Patrick Crusius, 21, from Allen in Dallas, Texas, as the suspect. A CCTV image showing a man walking into the mall brandishing an assault rifle was released by police. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and ear protectors. Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said "20 innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives and more than two dozen more are injured". "We as a state unite in support of the victims and their family members. We want to do all we can to assist them," he said. Police said 26 people were injured, most of them being treated at area hospitals. Various news reports said the ages of victims being treated at hospitals ranged from two to 82 years. Police probe anti-immigrant manifesto "The scene was a horrific one," said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who added that many of the injured had life-threatening injuries. He said police also had found an anti-immigrant manifesto that may have been written by Crusius and posted online – one reason it was being investigated as a hate crime. "Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime," Mr Allen said. In the document, the author expressed support for the suspect in the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people were killed. A police officer stands outside a home in Allen, Texas, believed to be associated with a mass shooting  Credit: AP Asked during a CNN interview about reports of disturbing online posts made by the suspect, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would not be surprised in any way. "I think those can help shed light on why he did it," Paxton said. "They are still interviewing him." El Paso, a nine-hour drive from the Dallas area, lies on the Rio Grande River that marks the US border with Mexico. It has a population of 680,000, of which 83 percent are of Hispanic descent, according to US census figures. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said three Mexicans were among the dead. Six Mexicans were wounded. It was the eighth worst mass shooting in modern US history, after the 1984 shooting in San Ysidro that killed 21 people. Trump reacts to shootings In his first reaction to the shooting, Donald Trump, the US president, wrote on Twitter: “Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!” He later called the attack "an act of cowardice". Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019 "I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.  "Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas." It was initially reported that a man began shooting in the car park at the mall before moving inside.  One witness said he saw at least one person inside the store with a fatal head wound, and he saw shoppers in bloodied clothes. Videos posted on social media showed customers at one store being evacuated with their hands up. “We heard shots and saw smoke,” said Victor Gamboa, 18, who works at the McDonald’s inside the Walmart store where the shooting took place.  “I saw a man on the floor full of blood. He appeared to be dead. It happened very quickly.”  'He was just shooting randomly' Shoppers fled for their lives, including Kianna Long who was at the Walmart with her husband when they heard gunfire. "People were panicking and running," Ms Long said. "They were running close to the floor, people were dropping on the floor." She and her husband sprinted through a stock room at the back of the store before sheltering with other customers in a steel container in a shipping area. “Hands up! Hands up!” Videos show people being evacuated from the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas amid the mass shooting at a Walmart that killed at least 20 people and left more than two dozen others injured. t.co/WG7XeQua9npic.twitter.com/tyuatkD2up— ABC News (@ABC) August 4, 2019 One woman, who gave her name as Vanessa, said she had just pulled into the Walmart parking lot when the shooting began. "You could hear the pops, one right after another and at that point as I was turning, I saw a lady, seemed she was coming out of Walmart, headed to her car. She had her groceries in her cart and I saw her just fall," she told Fox News. "He was just shooting randomly. It wasn't to any particular person. It was any that would cross paths." Graphic video from the scene posted on social media showed what appeared to be dead bodies and wounded victims. Tales of heroism also emerged.  Kendall Long (L) comforts Kianna Long (R) who was in the freezer section of a Walmart during a shooting incident, in El Paso Credit: Rex Officers said the mall was packed with back-to-school shoppers. El Paso police Sgt. Robert Gomez said the store was packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy season. In a statement, Walmart said: “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista mall in El Paso. We’re praying for the victims, the community and our associates, as well as the first responders.” Oscar Collazo, a restaurant manager, said: “We never thought it would be so close to us this time. You see it on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.” In a statement, Mr Abbott said El Paso had been “struck by a heinous and senseless act of violence”. “Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to the entire community in this time of loss,” he said. El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in west Texas across the border from Juarez, Mexico. Local media said there was such an overwhelming response to an appeal by the police department for blood donations to help the wounded that long lines formed at medical centers, some of which had to tell would-be donors to come back on Sunday. Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Credit: AFP Some people handed out bottled water and slices of pizza to those still waiting in line. Democrat candidates demand gun limits Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate, abandoned a campaign event in Las Vegas to return to El Paso, his home town. Earlier, he spoke at a labour forum, telling the crowd the shooting shattered any illusion that gun reform will “come of its own accord” in the US. “We know that there’s a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” he said. El Paso is one of the strongest places in the world—and if there were ever a moment to be strong, it's this one. Strong for one another, for the families who have lost somebody, and for the first responders. Please go to t.co/ecw9y18OSP to support our community. pic.twitter.com/FFgLPbXNIY— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 3, 2019 The shooting took place within days of two people being shot and killed at a Walmart branch in Southaven Mississippi. "It's not just today, it has happened several times this week. It's happened here in Las Vegas where some lunatic killed 50 some odd people," Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said as he and 18 other White House hopefuls were in Nevada to address the nation's largest public employees union. "All over the world, people are looking at the United States and wondering what is going on? What is the mental health situation in America, where time after time, after time, after time, we're seeing indescribable horror." Mr Sanders blasted Republican Senate leadership for being "more concerned about pleasing the NRA than listening to the vast majority of the American people" and said that Mr Trump has a responsibility to support commonsense gun safety legislation. Mexican people pray on the US-Mexico border, after a shooting took place at a shopping centre in El Paso Credit: Rex Former Vice President Joe Biden said he tried to call Mr O'Rourke and told reporters, "Enough is enough." "This is a sickness," Mr Biden said. "This is beyond anything that we should be tolerating." He added: "We can beat the NRA. We can beat the gun manufacturers." El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, together with the neighboring city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, form a metropolitan border area of some 2.5 million residents constituting one of the largest bilingual, bi-national populations in the Western Hemisphere. In recent months El Paso has also become one of the busiest entry points for undocumented migrants, especially from Central America, seeking asylum in the United States. On a weekend the city attracts droves of shoppers from Mexico, including from its Mexican sister city Ciudad Juarez, population 1.5 million.



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Convenience store customers take on Arizona gunman

Convenience store customers take on Arizona gunmanSurveillance footage released by prosecutors shows several customers tackle and disarm a gunman.



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Gunman in 4 Wisconsin deaths may have imitated abduction of Jayme Closs

Gunman in 4 Wisconsin deaths may have imitated abduction of Jayme ClossRitchie German Jr., 33, killed his mother, brother and nephew and later killed a 24-year-old woman at another home before killing himself, police say.



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'Overpriced s***': California gunman railed against garlic festival hours before mass shooting

'Overpriced s***': California gunman railed against garlic festival hours before mass shootingThe 19-year-old California gunman who killed three people and wounded around a dozen others when he opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival had mocked the food event on social media, police said.Santino William Legan cut through a fence at the festival on Sunday evening and seemingly shot people at random with an “AK-47-style” assault rifle, according to Gilroy police chief Scot Smithee.Legan, fatally shot by police within a minute of the attack, appeared to post a photograph from the festival on his Instagram account shortly beforehand, with captions expressing his disdain.“Ayyy garlic festival time,” he wrote beneath a picture of people walking through the festival grounds. “Come get wasted on overpriced s***.”Another photograph posted on Sunday showed a sign warning of a high danger of forest fires. Its caption urged people to read “Might is Right” – a racist and sexist treatise written in the 19th century.“Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white tw**s?” the caption said. The term “mestizo” refers to people of mixed race. The account was only a few days old, and was deactivated on Monday.Donald Trump described the gunman as a “wicked murderer” following the mass shooting.Police and FBI agents are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting and investigating unconfirmed reports by witnesses that Legan may have had an accomplice.“It could have gone so much worse so fast,” Mr Smithee said, noting that the festival, which takes place about 30 miles southeast of Silicon Valley, is attended by thousands of visitors.The police chief said that search warrants had been obtained for a home in Gilroy associated with the suspect and a car that officers believe he drove to the festival.Investigators believe Legan – who was originally from Gilroy – purchased the rifle legally on 9 July in Nevada, where he had recently been living.He was believed to evaded metal detectors and other security measures at the entrance by cutting through the fence, police said.Legan killed two children and a man in his 20s, and at least 11 people were treated for wounds, according to Santa Clara Health System. Early police reports said that one person was in critical condition on Sunday.The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the victims as Stephen Romero, six, and Keyla Salazar, 13, of San Jose, and Trevor Deon Irby, 25, of Romulus, New York.The six-year-old child’s grandmother, Maribel Romero, described Stephen as a loving boy who was “always kind, happy and … playful”.His mother and his other grandmother were also shot and were being treated in hospital, Ms Romero told media.Founded in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is an annual event run by volunteers and held outdoors at Christmas Hill Park. The agricultural community bills itself as the “Garlic Capital of the World”.Additional reporting by agencies



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California has strict gun laws. Here's how the Gilroy gunman evaded them

California has strict gun laws. Here's how the Gilroy gunman evaded themUS lawmakers renew calls for federal gun reform after shooter purchased weapon legally in NevadaPolice officers escort people from Christmas Hill Park following the shooting. Photograph: Noah Berger/APCalifornia has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, including a ban on the type of rifle that a shooter used to kill three and wound 15 at the garlic food festival in Gilroy on Sunday.But the gunman had legally purchased the “assault-type rifle”, in the style of an AK-47, from the neighboring state Nevada on 9 July before carrying it illegally over state lines into California, highlighting what some gun control advocates say is a loophole in the way laws operate, state by state.The suspect, 19, opened fire in the last hours of the three-day garlic festival, a beloved annual tradition that draws thousands of attendees of all ages. He injured 15 people and killed three – a six-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s – before being shot dead by police officers, who rushed him within a minute of bullets being heard.> Just days ago, a California judge upheld that state’s assault weapons ban. > > Yesterday, a murderer who acquired an assault weapon legally in Nevada shot more than a dozen people in Gilroy in less than one minute. THIS is why we need a national ban. t.co/CCVonmecqL> > — NoRA (@NoRA4USA) July 29, 2019The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranks California first in the nation for having the strongest gun laws.Last week, a federal judge upheld California’s ban on owning, manufacturing or selling semiautomatic rifles and so-called “bullet buttons”, rifle attachments that allow shooters to reload more quickly. The state has banned semi-automatic weapons for 20 years. The bullet button ban dates from 2016.Nevada, on the other hand, is ranked 25th in the Giffords Center’s ranking.Big Mikes Gun and Ammo, the Nevada store where the gunman bought his weapon, said in a statement on its Facebook page that the shooter had bought the rifle off of the store’s internet page.“The reach of the California law ends at our border,” California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “and so we cannot control what other states do, and that’s what makes it so tough. We may have progressive gun laws, but if other states don’t match us, we have to rely on the ability to catch” the person.Several lawmakers have pointed at Sunday’s shooting to once again call for a federal law that would close this cross-state loophole.“The gun used by the Gilroy shooter was an AK-47 type assault rifle. This weapon is illegal to buy or possess in California, which appears to be why the shooter crossed into Nevada to buy the gun,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein in a statement. “The assault weapons ban legislation I introduced earlier this year would have prevented that sale from happening. It’s time for Congress to debate this bill and vote on it.”Feinstein continued: “There are other bills out there that deserve to see the light of day including bills to require comprehensive background checks, help establish extreme-risk laws, prohibit the purchase of high-capacity magazines and eliminate loopholes that allow prohibited individuals [to acquire] guns.”“This loss cannot be in vain,” tweeted the California congresswoman Jackie Speier early Monday.Speier is looking to close the gap, as one of 190 members of the House who co-sponsored a bill that would ban the import, sale, manufacturing or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices on the federal level.> I worked to pass the state law banning assault weapons in the 90’s. We need to buy back the ones still in people’s possession & throw the book at those who defy the law! We must also pass H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban, to ban military-style assault weapons across the U.S.> > — Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 29, 2019The California representative Eric Swalwell, who campaigned briefly for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination and was the only one of two dozen candidates to focus his platform primarily on stronger gun control, was another one of the bill’s co-sponsors.> My heart breaks for all of our Bay Area neighbors who attended the GilroyGarlicFestival. We need gun reform and we need it now. EnoughIsEnough> > — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 29, 2019Senator Kamala Harris, who represents California, has called for a renewal of a federal assault weapons ban as well. She has stated that should she be elected, she will give Congress 100 days to take legislative action on gun violence, and if lawmakers cannot reach a consensus, she will take executive action.> Simply horrific. I'm grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate. t.co/WqWNxGAQnA> > — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019The gun laws differ so vastly from state to state that a small California city located near the Nevada and Arizona borders voted this month to ask state legislators to allow gun owners from other states to carry registered firearms in the town.> Our thoughts are with the families of those lost last night in Gilroy, CA, as well as the survivors facing a tough road ahead. But thoughts are not enough — action must be taken to EndGunViolence. Every day the Senate refuses to act is a stain on the conscience of our nation.> > — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 29, 2019



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California has strict gun laws. Here's how the Gilroy gunman evaded them

California has strict gun laws. Here's how the Gilroy gunman evaded themUS lawmakers renew calls for federal gun reform after shooter purchased weapon legally in NevadaPolice officers escort people from Christmas Hill Park following the shooting. Photograph: Noah Berger/APCalifornia has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, including a ban on the type of rifle that a shooter used to kill three and wound 15 at the garlic food festival in Gilroy on Sunday.But the gunman had legally purchased the “assault-type rifle”, in the style of an AK-47, from the neighboring state Nevada on 9 July before carrying it illegally over state lines into California, highlighting what some gun control advocates say is a loophole in the way laws operate, state by state.The suspect, 19, opened fire in the last hours of the three-day garlic festival, a beloved annual tradition that draws thousands of attendees of all ages. He injured 15 people and killed three – a six-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s – before being shot dead by police officers, who rushed him within a minute of bullets being heard.> Just days ago, a California judge upheld that state’s assault weapons ban. > > Yesterday, a murderer who acquired an assault weapon legally in Nevada shot more than a dozen people in Gilroy in less than one minute. THIS is why we need a national ban. t.co/CCVonmecqL> > — NoRA (@NoRA4USA) July 29, 2019The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranks California first in the nation for having the strongest gun laws.Last week, a federal judge upheld California’s ban on owning, manufacturing or selling semiautomatic rifles and so-called “bullet buttons”, rifle attachments that allow shooters to reload more quickly. The state has banned semi-automatic weapons for 20 years. The bullet button ban dates from 2016.Nevada, on the other hand, is ranked 25th in the Giffords Center’s ranking.Big Mikes Gun and Ammo, the Nevada store where the gunman bought his weapon, said in a statement on its Facebook page that the shooter had bought the rifle off of the store’s internet page.“The reach of the California law ends at our border,” California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “and so we cannot control what other states do, and that’s what makes it so tough. We may have progressive gun laws, but if other states don’t match us, we have to rely on the ability to catch” the person.Several lawmakers have pointed at Sunday’s shooting to once again call for a federal law that would close this cross-state loophole.“The gun used by the Gilroy shooter was an AK-47 type assault rifle. This weapon is illegal to buy or possess in California, which appears to be why the shooter crossed into Nevada to buy the gun,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein in a statement. “The assault weapons ban legislation I introduced earlier this year would have prevented that sale from happening. It’s time for Congress to debate this bill and vote on it.”Feinstein continued: “There are other bills out there that deserve to see the light of day including bills to require comprehensive background checks, help establish extreme-risk laws, prohibit the purchase of high-capacity magazines and eliminate loopholes that allow prohibited individuals [to acquire] guns.”“This loss cannot be in vain,” tweeted the California congresswoman Jackie Speier early Monday.Speier is looking to close the gap, as one of 190 members of the House who co-sponsored a bill that would ban the import, sale, manufacturing or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices on the federal level.> I worked to pass the state law banning assault weapons in the 90’s. We need to buy back the ones still in people’s possession & throw the book at those who defy the law! We must also pass H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban, to ban military-style assault weapons across the U.S.> > — Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 29, 2019The California representative Eric Swalwell, who campaigned briefly for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination and was the only one of two dozen candidates to focus his platform primarily on stronger gun control, was another one of the bill’s co-sponsors.> My heart breaks for all of our Bay Area neighbors who attended the GilroyGarlicFestival. We need gun reform and we need it now. EnoughIsEnough> > — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 29, 2019Senator Kamala Harris, who represents California, has called for a renewal of a federal assault weapons ban as well. She has stated that should she be elected, she will give Congress 100 days to take legislative action on gun violence, and if lawmakers cannot reach a consensus, she will take executive action.> Simply horrific. I'm grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate. t.co/WqWNxGAQnA> > — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019The gun laws differ so vastly from state to state that a small California city located near the Nevada and Arizona borders voted this month to ask state legislators to allow gun owners from other states to carry registered firearms in the town.> Our thoughts are with the families of those lost last night in Gilroy, CA, as well as the survivors facing a tough road ahead. But thoughts are not enough — action must be taken to EndGunViolence. Every day the Senate refuses to act is a stain on the conscience of our nation.> > — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 29, 2019



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