House Judiciary Committee sends gun control bills to the floor

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

The committee considered the legislation in the wake of an August in which 53 people were killed in mass shootings in the USA, according to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY.

The Kentucky Republican has said, however, that he does not intend to put any gun legislation on the Senate floor unless President Donald Trump says he would sign it into law. With Congress back in session this week, Republicans and Democrats have been pointing fingers, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accusing Democrats of engaging in "theatrics", and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warning that "people are dying" while Senate Republicans refuse to act. The third bill would bar those convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from owning a weapon.

"It would be welcome to see specifically what (Trump) would support", said Sen. Many Republicans say that isn't something they would support.

Asked if he supported background checks on all private gun sales, the president was non-committal.

The outreach is the latest effort to try to traverse yet another impasse on gun control legislation.

"That will not stop this committee", Nadler said of the Senate opposition at the beginning of the markup.

The White House's legislative director met privately with Republican senators Tuesday to discuss ideas the administration is considering, including so-called red flag legislation to allow officials to take away guns from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others and quicker imposition of the death penalty for the perpetrators of mass shootings.

Nadler said the committee is "acting because of the urgent need to respond to the daily toll of gun violence in our communities, whether they are mass shootings or not and whether or not they make national headlines".

The red flag legislation that the committee voted on Tuesday would set up a federal grant program to incentivize states to establish red flag laws - otherwise known as extreme risk protection orders, which enable a court to intervene and temporarily prevent someone who is in crisis from having access to a firearm.

"I can assure you the bill. has over 85 percent approval and that's with gun owners and everyone else saying if you go to a commercial transaction, gun show, or on the Internet, don't you think you ought to know who wants to buy that gun and for what goal and what their background is?" "Do we really want to surrender Americans' constitutional rights to such a low standard without giving those citizens notice or an opportunity to be heard?"

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