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Legislators Take Part In Gun Control Discussion In Ann Arbor

The Washtenaw Youth Initiative hosted a town hall on Saturday in Ann Arbor to talk about gun violence. 

About 200 people gathered at Pioneer High Schoolto keep the discussion going on the need for more gun control laws in this country.  Federal and local elected officials took part in a panel that emphasized the need for more background checks.  

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingellsays she plans to introduce a bill at the federal level called Red Flag.

"Which will allow somebody who is a threat to themselves, will allow family members or law enforcement, with due process, to take that gun away while they're getting help or treatment," said Dingell.

State Representative Yousef Rabhi from the 53rd District also took part in the town hall.

"There's been legislation proposed at the state level that I'm supporting around universal background checks to make sure that we simply ask for a background check when people are going to buy a long gun.  We already require it for pistols, we don't require it for long guns," said Rabhi.

Legislators also said that more mental health funding is needed to address the gun violence issue.Non-commercial, fact based reporting is made possible by your financial support.  Make your donation to WEMU todayto keep your community NPR station thriving.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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