Gabby Giffords wants to meet with Jindal over theater shooting
BATON ROUGE - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, have asked to meet with Governor Bobby Jindal to discuss the movie theater shooting in Lafayette.
"Gabby and I agree that states can and must do more to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands. We would welcome the chance to sit down with Governor Jindal and discuss steps Louisiana can take to reduce gun violence, like strengthening the background check system with better records and closing the loophole that lets dangerous people get a gun without a background check," Kelly said.
Wish we could say what happened in Lafayette is unthinkable. But it’s not. Prayers are with Lafayette. pic.twitter.com/qYXI4IUvM3— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) July 24, 2015
Kelly, an astronaut, and Giffords started Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization backing gun laws, after Giffords was shot in a 2011 assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona, and then a separate shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School two years later.
A spokesperson for the couple said there had not been a response from Governor Jindal.
Earlier Monday, the governor discussed Louisiana's gun laws, which included a new measure in 2013 requiring courts to submit records dealing with people who should not own guns.
"We are pleased Louisiana now has a law on the books requiring courts to submit these records and would encourage other states to pass strong mental health reporting laws like ours,” the governor's office said in a statement unrelated to the meeting request.
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