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U.S. mayors demand reject for Senate action on gun bill

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After the mass shooting in the U.S. that left 31 people dead, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday has rejected a plea from 214 mayors to call the Senate back early to consider new gun legislation.

The 214 mayors, including those of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, wrote a letter to the Senate majority leader and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer asked the Senate to vote on legislation already approved by the House of Representatives increasing background checks for guns sales without waiting for the end of the Senate’s summer break.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has asked for bipartisan discussions on the topic, including possible constraints on assault gun sales.

“That will probably be discussed as well. It’s certainly one of the front and centre issues.” But he said “background checks and red flags would probably lead the discussions,” McConnell said on restrictions on assault weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump also responded on the matter and said, “is very much open to this discussion.”

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