Bay Area lawmakers and local leaders call for changes to gun laws after Uvalde, Texas shooting at Robb Elementary School

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Members of Congress representing Bay Area parties say enough is enough — they demand action to stop more mass shootings.

“There is no reason an 18-year-old should be allowed to go out and buy a semi-automatic weapon,” Rep. Ro Khanna said. “The House passed target laws, so we have red flag laws that take the guns away, and the Senate hasn’t acted.”

Following a Texas elementary school shooting that left 19 people dead, lawmakers say there’s not much hope for change. Any overhaul of gun laws faces an uphill battle in the nation’s capital. However, this does not prevent those who want change from withdrawing.

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“It was a horrific act of violence,” Rep. John Garamendi said. “What we need are lawmakers, senators, representatives, and members of Congress with enough courage to say, ‘I care about kids more than I care about guns.’

The suspect who committed the shooting bought an AR15 type rifle just days after turning 18. There are many concerns about his sanity and how he was allowed to buy a gun. This is what Bay Area lawmakers want to prevent from happening again.

“We have to say this will never happen again,” Garamendi said. “We know what to do. We know we have too many guns on the street and we know people with mental illness have those guns.”

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