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Her comparison drew an objection from Democratic state Rep. Jovan Melton, who pointed out that the poll tax was used in the South and applied to voters based on race. “I can’t choose to be black, but people can choose whether or not to buy a gun,” he said.

Democrats aren’t finished with guns yet. They announced earlier this month a proposed eight-bill package that includes a measure to create strict liability for gun manufacturers, distributors and owners.

“You’re going to see a series of several bills, because we see this as an incremental approach to address gun violence,” said Mrs. Fields.