Some House Democrats will return early from the summer recess to advance gun control legislation, including a bill banning large ammunition magazines.
The House Judiciary Committee announced a Sept. 4 vote on a group of measures aimed at reducing gun violence.
“For far too long, politicians in Washington have only offered thoughts and prayers in the wake of gun violence tragedies,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said. “Thoughts and prayers have never been enough. To keep our communities safe, we must act.”
The Democratic-led House passed a universal background check bill in February, but the GOP-led Senate has ignored it so far due to a lack of significant Republican support.
House Democrats are nonetheless ready to advance additional gun control measures. Nadler, a Democrat from New York, said he’ll take up a measure that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines which were used in a string of deadly mass shootings this summer.
The committee will vote to advance the measure on Sept. 4 and plans a Sept. 25 hearing on banning “military-style assault weapons,” Nadler said.
Nadler will also hold a Sept. 4 vote on the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, which would provide grants to encourage states to impose “red flag” laws allowing law enforcement to remove weapons from people who are deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The panel will also consider a measure that would establish procedures for obtaining extreme risk protection orders in federal court.
Finally, lawmakers will vote to advance the Disarm Hate Act, which would block the sale of guns to anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime.
House Democrats will push ahead with gun control despite lack of significant bipartisan support. Only eight Republicans voted in February for the universal background check measure, which bans the sale or transfer of guns from unlicensed dealers.
President Trump has urged Congress to find a bipartisan agreement on gun control in the wake of the three recent mass shootings. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators would consider taking up both background check and “red flag” measures when lawmakers return to the Capitol in September. He did not promise a vote on any particular bill, however.
Author: Susan Ferrechio
Source: Washington Examiner: Democrats move on gun control: House due to vote on banning high-capacity magazines