Pritzker, 11 other governors urge Trump, McConnell to tighten gun regulations

Courtesy: MGN
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and 11 governors are urging President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pursue stricter measures on gun control.

Governors from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington are also pushing for federal action.

The governors signed and sent a letter to Trump and McConnell, which, in part, includes the following statement:

"Public safety is the first and most important responsibility of government, and the failure to act to protect the public is a failure in leadership. As Governors, it is our responsibility to listen to our communities’ calls for action. However, a patchwork of state laws will never be a substitute for coherent national policy."

The letter called for federal regulations that would require universal background checks, ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and prevent individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun.