CONTACT: Stephanie Guerra, 210-207-7008
SAN ANTONIO (August 15, 2019) — City Council today unanimously approved a resolution calling for federal and state action to end gun violence.
“I stand in favor of this Resolution and commend our Mayor for bringing this to city council. I made the motion to move this resolution forward and I ask all our residents of this great City to write or call your elected officials, asking them to take action.”
From July 14 to August 14, 2019, we have had 39 SAPD gun-related deaths citywide. This impact could even be slightly higher as there is a two week lag in reports being filed into our City’s system.
“Today, for the safety and protection of all San Antonians, for the love of our city, we move forward with this resolution to affirm that the protection of our citizens is a basic city service. We need to elevate our conversations and work together. When the people rise up and call for change, it will happen and we will make it happen together,” Rebecca Viagran, City Council District 3.
The resolution urged Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to consider the proposals in the governor’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan, which included a red flag law or “extreme protective orders.” Abbott released the plan in 2018, but lawmakers did not act on the proposals during this year’s legislative session.
City Council also urged the United State Senate to begin deliberations on bipartisan gun safety legislation that has been approved by the House of Representatives.
The resolution also committed to review and identify local action that can be taken to enhance the safety of the City’s residents.