Groups call for tighter gun laws following Texas biker gang shootout

In the wake of the Waco gang shootout on Sunday, gun control advocates were demanding action in favor of more gun restrictions. Jennifer Cruz for reports:

Twenty-four hours after nine people were killed and an additional 18 were injured during a gunfight between rival biker gangs at a Waco, Texas, restaurant, gun control advocates blamed the lack of adequate gun laws and insufficient background checks for the bloody brawl that turned deadly.

Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said Monday in a tweet addressed to Texas lawmakers that “more guns in more places with fewer safeguards [is] not winning strategy for public safety.”

Watts later added the incident should be a “wake up call” for Texas legislators to “stop taking orders from the gun lobby.”

The criticism comes as proposed legislation, which would make open carry of handguns legal, pushes its way through Texas, but not everyone believes any laws – present or future – would have stopped the violence from erupting.

“The shootout occurred when we don’t have open carry, so obviously the current laws didn’t stop anything like that,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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