The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 for buying semi-automatic weapons.
Democrats celebrated the move after legislation passed Wednesday mostly along party lines, which included many of the proposals lawmakers have been pushing even before the most recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
HOUSE PASSES GUN REFORM BILL: The bill would raise the minimum age for buying semi-automatic rifles and ban large-capacity magazines, but it faces almost zero chance of passing the Senate. ABC’s Andrew Dymburt has more. pic.twitter.com/270tJO6YH4
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) June 9, 2022
According to Business Insider:
The age hike was part of a package of gun safety bills known as the Protecting Our Kids Act, introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler, which was broken up into certain gun policies, including prohibiting the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds, to pressure GOP congresspeople resistant to tighter gun laws.
The different sections were voted on individually, and 10 GOP members voted on retaining Title I. Overall, five GOP members voted in favor of the whole package.
“Thank you to @SpeakerPelosi & the House for passing bipartisan legislation to strengthen gun laws & protect children. Soon, the House will do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We continue to work hard with both parties to save lives and stand up for families,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted late Wednesday.
Thank you to @SpeakerPelosi & the House for passing bipartisan legislation to strengthen gun laws & protect children. Soon,the House will do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We continue to work hard with both parties to save lives and stand up for families.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) June 9, 2022
While the legislation has little chance of passing in the Senate, a handful of Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues in the House to vote in favor of the gun measure package that is being referred to as the Protecting Our Kids Act.
The House voted to retrain TITLE 1 of H.R. 7910 by a vote of 228-199. https://t.co/GvAtzBwr0y
— House Press Gallery (@HouseDailyPress) June 8, 2022
“It has little chance of clearing the Senate as it pursues negotiations focused on improving mental health programs, bolstering school security and enhancing background checks,” Fox News reported.
Tonight, the House passed sensible and comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation—the #ProtectingOurKidsAct. It will:
– Raise the age to buy certain semiautomatic rifles to 21
– Impose rules on ghost guns
– Strengthen gun trafficking laws
– Establish storage requirements
— James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) June 8, 2022
“The bill would also prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds,” Fox News noted, adding that it “also includes incentives designed to increase the use of safe gun storage devises and creates penalties for violating safe storage requirements, providing for a fine and imprisonment of up to five years if a gun is not properly stored and is subsequently used by a minor to injure or kill themselves or another individual.”
Ahead of the vote Wednesday, Rep. Greg Steube, a Florida Republican, had argued against the under-21 gun ban portion of the package of bills.
Today I defended our 2nd Amendment rights on the House floor.
0.013% of 18-20 year olds commit murder in a year.
Democrats are going to take away the lawful right of 99.97% of adult Americans 18-20 years old for the acts of a few wicked people. pic.twitter.com/sBPW7DpgLo
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) June 8, 2022
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