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Rep. Katko to support the Safer Communities Act

Central New York Congressmember John Katko plans to break with some of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives and support the Safer Communities Act. The package of legislation strengthens some gun laws, such as expanding background checks and strengthening red flag laws. The bill also puts funding toward mental health infrastructure.

Katko saidin a statement, “Following the recent tragedies in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, I said that Congress must develop a thoughtful and substantive response. It is my strong belief that this legislation represents a consensus approach to addressing these senseless and depraved acts of violence, and I fully intend to support this measure when it comes to the House floor."

The legislation has bipartisan support in both the House and in the Senate, where more than a dozen Republicans are expected to back the bill. The Senate plans to vote on the Safer Communities Act Thursday.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.