House Passes Sweeping Gun Control Legislation
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping gun control legislation in a 223-204 vote, with five Republican lawmakers crossing party lines to vote in favor.
The Protecting Our Kids Act would raise the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21, require safe firearms storage, and ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of large-capacity magazines, among other provisions.
“Who will be able to tell their constituents that they stood with them and not with the gun lobby?” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said from the House floor.
“Americans are watching. They are begging us to protect them and their loved ones from gun violence, who among us will answer their call?”
However, the sweeping legislation is “all but certain to fail in the Senate,” Axios reported.