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Murphy Suggests Federal Aid Cuts To Counties Not Enforcing Gun Laws

Senate Democrats don’t have the 60 votes needed to advance an assault weapons ban, but Congress may take some action on guns in its next session if Democrats keep their seat in Georgia, says Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). “I’m glad that President Biden is gonna be pushing us to take a vote on an assault weapons ban,” he told CNN. “The House has already passed it. It’s sitting in front of the Senate. Does it have 60 votes in the Senate right now? Probably not. But let’s see if we can try to get that number is close to 60 as possible. If we don’t have the votes, then we’ll talk to [Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer and maybe come back next year, with maybe an additional senator, and see if we can do better.”

Murphy said there needs to be a conversation about funding law enforcement in counties that are refusing to enforce state and national gun laws. “They have decided that they are going to essentially refuse to implement laws that are on the books. That is a growing problem in this country,” he said. “Do we want to continue to supply funding to law enforcement in counties that refuse to implement state and federal gun laws?” Murphy said 60 percent of counties are refusing to enforce gun laws, and "we’ve got to do something about that.” The shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs involved an assault-style weapon and a handgun, while the shooter at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., was armed with a handgun and multiple magazines.


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