Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements as the House Judiciary Committee holds a markup on the Protecting Our Kids Act, a package of eight gun safety bills. The bills included would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21, limit access to high-capacity magazines, regulate bump stocks and limit their production, prohibit unserialized ghost guns, create stricter penalties for gun trafficking, and establish a requirement to securely store firearms at home, especially when a child is present in the house.
“The House Judiciary Committee continues to shine a spotlight on the common-sense steps we can take to address our nation’s gun violence crisis,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “A clear majority of Americans want Congress to pass laws to keep their families safe, and it’s time for the Senate to meet those demands with action.”
“We don’t have to accept what happened in Buffalo as normal, what happened in Uvalde as normal, or any of the gun violence epidemic that takes over 110 lives per day as normal,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “Our grassroots gun violence prevention movement is thankful to Chairman Nadler and every member of the House Judiciary Committee who puts public safety above gun industry profits and advances these common-sense gun safety policies.”
The House has already passed lifesaving gun safety legislation this Congress, including a bill to require background checks on all gun sales, a bill to address the Charleston loophole, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and close the dating partner loophole, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act— all of which President Biden has called for. With the House taking bold action on gun safety, and President Biden’s strong executive actions on gun safety, it is time for the Senate to act.