[SUNDAY FEATURE] Governors address gun issues; tired of waiting for federal action

Ducey opposed to arming teachers

Governors are tired of waiting on Washington for action on gun policy.

State leaders from both parties implored federal lawmakers this weekend to listen to their states’ examples for responsible firearm legislation after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., increasingly exasperated with the slow pace of debate and halting progress in the nation’s capital.

Related: Seven gun control measures Congress could consider after Florida shooting

Democrats and Republicans alike said they planned to force their way in front of both administration officials and legislators as they gather at the National Governors Association meeting in downtown Washington Saturday and Sunday.

Even as the predictable party-line divides over the sensitive issues remained on display, the state executives were unanimous in their boiling frustration that they hadn’t been consulted more on questions of arming teachers, how to handle expanding background checks or imposing age limits on assault weapons.

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