Scott urges Congress to pass red-flag law, other gun measures

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More than a week after back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he wants Congress to act on gun safety measures.

Scott said Wednesday that he would like Congress to consider so-called red flag legislation and act on expanding federal background checks for gun purchasers.

Last year, Scott signed legislation that raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and bump stocks and made it easier to take guns from people who posed a threat.

This year he vetoed a bill that would have created a 24-hour waiting period for gun purchases.

Democrats pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday to approve House-passed legislation expanding background checks and to take other steps curbing guns, in an offensive fueled by public outrage over this month’s mass killings in Texas and Ohio.

Democrats focused on McConnell’s failure to let the Senate consider a measure the House approved in February. It would require background checks for most private sales, including online and gun show purchases of firearms, not just for transactions involving registered gun dealers.

The White House has threatened that Trump would veto that bill, which the Democratic-led House approved largely along party lines.

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