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The House Judiciary Committee is meeting Thursday to prepare a package of gun-related bills for the floor, as Congress continues to push for gun safety reform in the wake of last week’s shooting at a school in Texas.
The public package that the committee is considering, called the “Protecting Our Kids Act”, would raise the age of purchase of a semi-automatic rifle to 21, tighten regulations on “ghost guns” and, among other things, new big power magazines. Will be banned.
Representative Jerry Nadler, DN.Y. Led by this, the committee met at 10 am in a hybrid in-person and virtual event. The gun package is likely to see a vote on the House floor next week, along with the Red Flag Act.
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“In the past two weeks, 31 people have been killed and 20 others injured in two mass shootings carried out by 18-year-olds legally armed with semi-automatic assault rifles,” Nadler said in a statement. “This is unacceptable, and it’s time to work for Congress. Our children, friends and families should not face the threat of horrific violence because they are shopping for groceries, attending religious services or in an elementary school classroom.”
But Republicans say the package is a hasty assault on American rights, and Democrats are trying to take advantage of recent tragedies to advance their agenda.
“I think the Second Amendment is wrong to attack the liberties of law-abiding citizens, and these bills do,” said Republican Jim Jordan, a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, R-Ohio, this week. He argued that the “hodgepodge package” Democrats were trying to advance could not even resist the Buffalo and Ubalade attacks that encouraged Democrats to fast-track bills.
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“Democrats, their attitude never lets a crisis go to waste,” Jordan added. “They are going to try to make their leftist attack on the constitution.”
The House Omnibus gun embargo is somewhat missing from the attack package. With a relatively thin margin for error in the chamber, and a large number of members in the race for a tough re-election, it appears that Democrats may not have voted in favor of the policy. A senior Democratic aide told PKB News this week about the possibility of future attempts to ban assault weapons, that “future legislation is under discussion.”
The assistant added: “We are hopeful that each member will see the urgency of this situation and the need for common sense measures to address gun violence and save lives.”
A sense of urgency could be heightened at Thursday’s committee meeting after a gunman, including a gunman, died at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday.
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But House-passed gun bills will have a very difficult time making it through the Senate, where the 60-vote Philistine threshold gives Republicans a say in any law.
There, more than 10 members from both sides are taking part in discussions on possible legislation that would be significantly less far-reaching than anything that came from the House. Topics on the table include federal legislation that encourages states to pass red flag legislation and extend background checks.
“We’re making rapid progress toward a common knowledge package that can gain the support of both Republicans and Democrats,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Main, said after meeting with eight other senators Wednesday night.
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But a significant portion of Republican senators dig against any new gun law, even a decent compromise package faces significant hurdles. And Democrats, wary of Republicans moving away from possible talks, say they are ready to get a tough vote in the Senate if there is no significant progress in the next few days.
PKB News’ Louis Cassiano contributed to this report.