Lawmakers from Texas and Ohio to join Rep. Mike Stewart in call to end gun violence

Posted at 9:42 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 20:30:35-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Lawmakers from Ohio and Texas joined Rep. Mike Stewart (D – Nashville) in calling for state laws to stop gun violence.

Rep. Stewart was joined by several out-of-state lawmakers at Wednesday for a news conference at the capitol.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, Ohio Sen. Sandra Williams, Texas Rep. John Bucy and New York Sen. Brian Kavanagh were there.

The mass shootings over the weekend have sparked conversations among local and national lawmakers on how to prevent future shootings.

Governor Bill Lee believes these shootings are about mental health and radicalization, and says Tennessee needs to find its own way to protect against this type of attack.

Read more: Governor, lawmakers say Tennessee must protect itself against attacks

The governor wouldn't say whether or not he would support red flag laws or universal background checks. But he does think cyber security could play a role.

As of 2019, 17 states have passed gun prevention laws.