This week, gun control advocates got a short-lived win when a Texas House committee advanced a bill that would raise the age from 18 to 21 to buy AR-15 style rifles.
But despite pleas to move it forward, the legislation missed a key deadline about two days later. Then, attempts to add it to other bills during another bill deadline day in the House Thursday also failed.
The "raise-the-age" bill was the main proposal families of the victims of the Uvalde school shooting pushed this session. After the latest mass shooting at a mall in Allen, Texas, they even gained some Republican support, both in the legislature and among at least one local elected official who renewed her calls to pass the bill.
“This country needs common sense gun policies,” Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker said during an interview on Capital Tonight. “It would simply create parity of how we treat 21 years old in the state. You can’t buy alcohol or tobacco until you’re 21, but you can walk in and buy an AR-15. I don’t think it makes sense. Additionally, I really feel strongly that those of us who do support Second Amendment rights, in order to protect the Second Amendment, you need common sense gun policies.”
When asked about Republicans pushing mental health reforms and refusing gun reforms, Parker said we need both.
“I think the answer to this crisis is going to take everything,” she said. “We need the long-term investment strategies, especially investments in mental health, but we also desperately need short-term solutions.”
The Uvalde gunman legally purchased the weapon he used in the shooting right after his 18th birthday.
“I fully believe moving the age limit from 18 to 21, had that law been in place in Uvalde, Texas, I do not think Uvalde would have happened,” Parker said.
Click the video link above to watch our full interview with Mayor Parker.