- Associated Press
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he wants Congress to act on gun safety measures.

Scott said Wednesday, more than a week after back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, 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.

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday pressed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to approve House-passed legislation expanding background checks and to take other steps curbing guns.

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