House panel advances anti-gun violence legislation

House panel advances anti-gun violence legislation

Gun Rights

House panel advances anti-gun violence legislation The House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday to establish a so-called “red flag” law intended to prevent high-risk people from having guns as Democrats seek to dial up pressure on Senate Republicans to respond to a string of mass shootings this summer. The committee is expected to also approve bills later Tuesday to ban high-capacity magazines and prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms. All three measures could reach the House floor for votes as soon as this month. House Democrats moved swiftly to advance the legislation after returning from a six-week summer recess, during which a series of mass shootings left dozens of people dead in Gilroy, Calif.; Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Odessa, Texas. The first measure approved along party lines by the Judiciary Committee would authorize grants incentivizing states to establish red flag laws that allow family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily take away a gun from a person considered a threat to themselves or others. Multiple members of the committee have personally lost family members to gun violence or represent communities affected by recent mass shootings. "I know the pain of losing a child to gun violence," said freshman Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), whose son was shot and killed in 2012. "And not anyone in this room, anyone in this country, should ever be faced with that pain." "Inaction is unacceptable. And today we are acting to help those […]

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