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McSally calls for federal domestic terrorism designation, 'red flag' laws in wake of shootings

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 21:09:43-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Senator Martha McSally says she is pushing for strong new laws in the wake of the latest mass shootings.

The Senator says part of the effort includes attention to what's driving the violence.

"So the first thing is we can unify on is that we need to denounce any sort of racially motivated violence, white nationalism, anti-semitism -- the things that are routed behind some of these awful massacres that have recently happened," McSally said at an event in Tucson Tuesday afternoon. "So I now have legislation to make domestic terrorism a federal crime -- it previously has not been one. This came to our attention after these recent shootings."

McSally is calling for more safeguards to keep guns from the mentally ill or suspected terrorists.

She says the fact that accused shooters in both El Paso and Dayton passed background checks shows that system needs to be examined.