Trent Franks

Amid mass shootings, GOP-controlled Congress remains focused on loosening gun laws

Amid mass shootings, GOP-controlled Congress remains focused on loosening gun laws

The mass shooting that killed at least 59 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night is expected to rekindle the debate in Congress over federal gun control. But recent efforts in the Republican-led House have centered around loosening firearms laws, not tightening them.

Acts of mass gun violence, including last year's massacre at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub and the June shooting at a congressional GOP baseball practice in northern Virginia, have done little to change the sharp partisan divide on the issue. Most Democrats argue that the incidents heighten the need for tighter gun laws, while most Republicans say Americans should have a greater ability to protect themselves.

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