Jun 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

House passes package of gun control bills

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference at the Gun Violence Memorial on the National Mall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the Gun Violence Memorial on the National Mall. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House on Wednesday voted 223-204 to pass a package of gun control bills that were introduced in the wake of the deadly shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

Driving the news: The omnibus legislation was dubbed the "Protecting Our Kids Act" and is unlikely to get 60 votes to break a filibuster in the Senate.

  • The bills would raise the legal purchasing age for semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 and ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of large-capacity magazines, among other provisions.
  • It would also establish requirements to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises and create criminal penalties for violations.

What to watch: With the House action all but certain to fail in the Senate, a bipartisan group of senators is instead focused on crafting a gun control deal that can pass the chamber — even if it means compromising, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.

  • "We know we're not going to get everything we want," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday.
  • "I'm encouraging my Democratic colleagues to keep talking, to see if Republicans will work with us to ... help stop gun violence," he added.

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