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House Republicans passed a sweeping gun grab package Wednesday night on a mostly party-line vote. It’s called the Protecting Our Kids Act.
Two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden (Maine) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.), bucked the party in opposing the measure. Five Republicans — Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) — supported it.
The Hill reports:
The House package would raise the minimum age for buying a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, prohibit civilian use of ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds, and enact new federal criminal offenses for gun trafficking and straw purchases of firearms — when an individual who is unable to pass a background check buys a gun through a proxy.
It also seeks to require that ghost guns — firearms that are untraceable and do not have serial number — undergo background checks and receive serial numbers, impose a ban on bump stocks for civilians, and bolster storage of guns in homes where minors may have access to the firearm.The Hill
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, reiterated that stance.
“What happened in Uvalde, Buffalo, Tulsa is as wrong as wrong could be and our hearts go out to those communities and those families who have been impacted in such a terrible way. But the answer is not to destroy the Second Amendment. But that is exactly where the Democrats want to go,” Jordan said.
“What this bill does is take away Second Amendment rights, God-given rights, protected by our constitution, from law-abiding American citizens. That’s what this legislation does, and that’s why we should oppose it,” he added.
The legislation is not likely to advance in the Senate.