Governor of Texas rejects quick votes after shooting
AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday rejected calls from Democrats for immediate votes on new gun safety measures in Texas following a violent August that began and ended with mass shootings that left 29 people dead and injured dozens more.
The Texas Legislature doesn’t meet again until 2021. That means any new Texas laws in response to two gunmen — both armed with AR-style rifles — are at least two years away, unless the governor takes the rare step of ordering an emergency legislative session.
Hours after Democrats demanded a special session on gun violence Wednesday, Abbott, an avid gun-rights supporter, tweeted that he would announce executive actions and legislative proposals in the coming days but did not offer details