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Retired Rep. Chris Jacobs calls for bipartisanship on gun reform

“Since I said I was receptive to gun control, I’m not really a Republican and I’ve been ostracized,” he said. “I’m now the only Republican to have said I support an assault weapons ban.”

In the Senate on Sunday, negotiators made a significant breakthrough in Congress’ bid to address the recent mass shootings, announcing a bipartisan gun safety framework. The senses. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) and Thom Tillis (RN.C.) are the lead negotiators on the proposal, which would require 60 votes to reach the floor of the Senate once the legislative text is completed.

“Obviously, this doesn’t do all that I think is necessary, but it does reflect important steps in the right direction and would be the most important gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades. “, President Joe Biden said of the proposal on Sunday. “With bipartisan support, there’s no excuse for delay and no reason it shouldn’t pass quickly through the Senate and House.”

Jacobs said he wanted to make sure his last seven months in the House were “pivotal for gun control activity and legislation.” He said he hoped to introduce bipartisan body armor legislation, citing the shooter who wore a body armor in the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY, who killed 10 people last month.

Still, he was less optimistic about the prospect of an assault weapons ban, which he said he would vote for if it came to the House, going through the Senate.

On his choice not to run for re-election, Jacobs said he no longer wanted to contribute to party division.

“It wouldn’t be a productive dialogue,” he said. “That would just be spreading ads and some kind of misinformation about the issues. And I really want to be a positive force on this issue, so that we can achieve meaningful change.


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