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Governor Whitmer calls for stricter gun regulations in wake of mass shootings

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it’s possible to support the Second Amendment and be in favor of gun control, and she wants the state Legislature to act in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Whitmer says there are a lot of things the state can do to reduce gun violence.

“I reject the false narrative that’s been put out there that you can either support the Second Amendment or you can be for gun control," she said. "You can do both.”

Whitmer says she supports a so-called “red flag” bill currently in the state House. It would allow law enforcement to take a person’s firearms if there is proof the person could harm themselves or others.

Whitmer made her comments after mass shootings over the weekend. More than 30 people were killed in Texas and Ohio.

“I think it’s time for us to take the politics out of this and protect our families, and our kids, and our places of public gathering,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer also suggested there should be restrictions or possibly a state ban on assault rifles. She says such restrictions would not undermine a right to hunt or protect yourself.

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