Jun 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy

House Republican who represents Uvalde says he supports gun safety bill

Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-TX) arrives to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) in November 2020. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), who represents Uvalde, said Wednesday that he would support the bipartisan gun safety bill when it reaches the House.

Driving the news: "As a Congressman it's my duty to pass laws that never infringe on the Constitution while protecting the lives of the innocent," Gonzales wrote in a tweet.

  • "In the coming days I look forward to voting YES on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act."

The big picture: Gonzales represents the community of Ulvade, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School last month.

  • The Senate voted 64-34 on Tuesday in favor of advancing the bill, titled "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act," which includes tighter background checks for individuals under 21 and limits on the "boyfriend loophole," among other measures.
  • Fourteen Republicans joined all 50 members of the Democratic caucus to support the procedural motion, Axios' Alayna Treene and Jacob Knutson report.

What he's saying: Gonzales on Wednesday also recounted his personal experiences with gun violence, describing how his stepfather came home one night and "shoved a shotgun in my mother's mouth."

  • "School was my sanctuary from the chaos at home. Now I am 41, all grown up. Loving father of six children," he wrote.

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