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ICYMI: Republican Governors In Four States Standing Up For Gun Safety

February 27, 2018

A day after Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order that established a statewide red flag policy, I wanted to make sure you were aware that Republican governors have also been speaking out about gun violence prevention:

Speaking at the Governor’s Association on Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan said red flag legislation is “a tangible step I hope we all can agree on.”

This past weekend at the National Governors Association, Ohio Gov. John Kasich appeared to show his support for similar red flag legislation; “If you have somebody in your home the family member knows is not stable, could hurt themselves, hurt family members or hurt somebody outside of the home, I believe there needs to be a restraining order and those guns should be taken from them” and just last week he reminded viewers “common-sense gun laws make sense” on CNN’s State of the Union.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott last week signaled his support for red flag legislation and disarming domestic abusers.“I’ve evolved on this,” he said. “Where I was a week or two ago has completely changed.” Scott sent a memo to state lawmakers urging immediate action on pending gun safety legislation.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who recently joined the ‘States for Gun Safety’ coalition, pushed back last week on the idea of arming teachers in schools “With respect to teachers, I don’t think more guns is the answer, in classrooms, to this problem.”

State by state, lawmakers of both parties are realizing constituents are no longer satisfied with inaction. Voters want common sense gun legislation, and they want it now.

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