Governor Abbott Doesn’t Push Required Background Checks

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has tweeted simply “good” after a grand jury indicted the suspect gunman in an El Paso mass shooting on capital murder charges.

Abbott on Thursday also signaled he won’t push for mandatory background checks in private gun sales in wake of the El Paso attack that killed 22 people and a separate rampage in Odessa that left seven people dead.

The National Rifle Association last week pushed back after the state’s Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick defied the powerful gun lobby by coming out in favor of background checks for “stranger to stranger” sales.

But Abbott is instead lawmakers to consider ways of making voluntary checks easier for private sellers. Gun-control groups and Democrats called the governor’s response insufficient.

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