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David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York City, is looking at Texas to propel him to the Democratic nomination for president. On Saturday, he launched a bus tour of the Lone Star State from San Antonio.


The shooting at a church in White Settlement nearly two weeks ago is just one of many incidents of public gun violence Americans have faced in recent years. 

Free gun locks will be provided by San Antonio’s District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office this Wednesday.

Carlos Morales/ Marfa Public Radio

Twenty-nine people died as a result of two mass shootings in Texas last month. What is the response from Texans and their political representatives? Will these latest violent episodes move the needle on gun policy?


Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke gave a staunch defense of his gun control plan during Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate, saying that as president, he would prioritize mandatory buybacks of assault-style weapons.

Quoting the candidate's past comment about selling back AR-15s and AK-47s, moderator David Muir asked O'Rourke: "Are you proposing taking away their guns? And how would this work?"

O'Rourke answered, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."

Here's more of what he said:

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin)

An initiative to reduce gun violence in Bexar County kicked off on Monday during a joint news conference of government leaders and community groups at the county courthouse.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune

Two usual political allies — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the National Rifle Association — traded rhetorical blows Friday after Patrick continued to advocate for requiring background checks for stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

From Texas Standard:

Brooks Landgraf, who represents Odessa in the Texas House, says the last couple days have been “absolutely heartbreaking.” But, he says, he's also heartened by how people came together to show support for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting.

A gunman killed at least seven people and wounded more than 20 in Odessa and Midlands, Texas, over the weekend. While communities gathered to mourn the slain, loosened gun restrictions took effect in Texas on Monday.

Marfa Public Radio’s Carlos Morales (@celizario) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the latest.

Ryan Poppe

On Sept. 1, more than 800 new laws that passed in the last legislative session go into effect. Other laws signed by Gov. Greg Abbott went into effect immediately and some laws were written to start with the new year.  But most are kicking off at the start of September.


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