The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday, raising the minimum age of individuals allowed to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21.
Lawmakers in the Lower House have called it the “Protecting Our Kids Acts.” However, analysts think that the bill will not pass in the Senate.
The bill will also disable individuals from buying large-capacity magazines. At the same time, it lays our proper storage of guns inside American homes.
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With a 223-204 vote, the Protecting Our Kids Act will be forwarded to the Senate for another set of hearings.
The strong call for stricter gun laws came after consecutive cases of gun massacres in public spaces that took away the lives of children.
The press secretary of the White House said the president is in full support of the law, particularly on red-flag laws and background checks.
Red flag laws will allow individuals to take to court a petition that will grant the state to recover a person’s weapons if the said person is considered a public threat.
“We understand not every component of what the president is calling for is going to stop every tragedy,” Jean-Pierre said to the media. “But we have to take the steps, and we have to move forward, and we have to do something.”
“I’m glad to say on this topic, we are making steady progress. It is early in the process, but I’m optimistic about where things stand right now,” said Senator John Cornyn. The senator is a well-known and loud advocate of stronger gun laws.
“What am I optimistic about? I’m optimistic that we can pass a bill in the Senate, it can pass the House, and it will get a signature by President Biden. And it will become the law of the land,” Cornyn added.
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Senator Cornyn said that he would fight for better mental health services in the country and to strengthen security in the schools.
The senator went on to say that he is considering to lobby a law that will require the state to forward juvenile records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
“Because this young man in Uvalde turned 18 and there was no lookback at his juvenile record, he passed a background check. It’s as if he were born on his 18th birthday and that nothing that had happened before was important,” the Texan senator said.
“That’s obviously a problem.”