House approves bill raising purchase age of rifles, Senate to conduct another round of hearings

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday which will raise the minimum age for individuals allowed to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21.

The Lower House has called it the “Protecting Our Kids Acts.” Yet, analysts think that this bill will have a hard time passing through the Senate.

The bill will make it harder for gun owners to buy large-capacity magazines and, at the same time, lays out proper storage regulations in American homes.

The Protecting Our Kids Act was passed by the House with a 223-204 vote, and it’s now been sent to Senate for further hearings and debate.

Gun control has been an issue of heated debate in America for years. The strong call came after consecutive cases where children were killed by guns in public spaces, taking away innocent lives.

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According to the press secretary of the White House, President Joe Biden will fully support the passage of the laws, more specifically on stricter red-flag laws and background checking.

With red flag laws, individuals will be able to take a case to court and have the state recover weapons from individuals if they are considered a public threat.

“We understand not every component of what the president is calling for is going to stop every tragedy. But we have to take the steps, and we have to move forward, and we have to do something,” secretary Jean-Pierre told the media.

According to Senator John Cornyn, a well-known advocate of stricter gun laws, “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.”

“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,” Senator Cornyn said.

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Senator Cornyn pledged to fight for better mental health services in the country and stronger security at schools.

Juvenile records should be sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, said the senator.

“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,” Cornyn said.

“That’s obviously a problem.”

Source: CNBC


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