BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In the light of the Uvalde school tragedy, Cameron County Commissioners Court has unanimously passed a resolution urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call an emergency special session to address gun violence.

The resolution, offered by Commissioner David A. Garza, was based on a letter penned by the Senate Democratic Caucus. The caucus includes the Rio Grande Valley’s three state senators, Eddie Lucio, Jr., Juan Hinojosa, and Judith Zaffirini, along with the senator who represents Uvalde, Rolando Gutierrez.

The letter includes the following recommendations on gun safety legislation:

  • Raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21;
  • Require universal background checks for all firearm sales;
  • Implement “red flag” laws to allow the temporary removal of firearms from those who are an imminent danger to themselves or others
  • Require a “cooling off” period for the purchase of a firearm; and
  • Regulate civilian ownership of high capacity magazines.

All four Cameron county commissioners – Joey Lopez, Sofia Benavides, Gus Ruiz, and Garza – spoke about the appropriate response to the Uvalde massacre, as did Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr.

Here are their remarks:


Editor’s Note: Photo credit for the main image accompanying the above podcast and news story goes to state Sen. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio. 

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