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Rep. Schiff wants tougher gun laws in wake of UCSB rampage

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.

As the House of Representatives prepares to return from its Memorial Day recess, calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the weekend’s University of California-Santa Barbara rampage that left three people dead by gunfire and three others stabbed to death are starting to trickle in.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Ca., weighed in Monday, saying ‘the shooting at Isla Vista is another heartbreaking tragedy, and another example of the senseless gun violence affecting our communities.’

‘What will it take to get the Congress moving on responsible gun safety laws?’ said Schiff, a former prosecutor. ‘What will it take to keep guns out of the hands of seriously mentally ill people? How many more Sandy Hooks, Auroras, Stocktons, Columbines, Virginia Techs, and Isla Vistas must we have?’

The House and Senate tried to deal with gun laws in 2012 in the wake of the deadly shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. The Senate managed to craft a bipartisan bill to expand background checks, but lawmakers were unable to break a filibuster in the chamber.


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