Sen. Thune Calls For ‘Addressing Real Problems’ After Texas Mall Shooting

(Sioux Falls, SD) — South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune is calling for lawmakers to deal with “real problems” at play rather than limiting Americans’ Second Amendment rights. It comes days after a gunman killed eight people and injured seven more at an outlet mall in Texas. Thune, the second-highest ranking Senate GOP member, said Monday at a Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary lunch, that people have fallen through the cracks when it comes to background checks. Thune acknowledged that 19 states have enacted red flag laws, limiting who can purchase firearms, and that in 2017, he had signed a law to apply penalties to government agencies not reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Two bills increasing gun control measures in South Dakota were introduced in February during the 2023 Legislative session, and both bills failed.

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