Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved its sweeping gun control bill that bans high-capacity magazines and raises the age to purchase an ‘assault rifle’ to 21.
The gun legislation passed the House by a vote of 223-204. 5 Republicans voted “yea” – 2 Democrats voted “nay.”
GOP Representatives Kinzinger (OH), Gonzalaz (OH), Fitzgerald (PA), Jacobs (NY) & Upton (MI) supported the package.
The Democrats’ “Protecting Our Kids Act” is expected to die in the senate.
The House on Wednesday passed a sweeping gun bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle in the U.S. from 18 to 21, even though the legislation doesn’t stand much of a chance in the Senate.
The bill, called the Protecting Our Kids Act, would also bar the sale of large-capacity magazines and institute new rules that dictate proper at-home gun storage. The chamber approved it in a 223-204 vote.
The House earlier voted by a 228 to 199 margin to include the purchasing age provision — under heavy scrutiny after two recent massacres carried out by 18-year-olds — in the broader bill. Democrats backed the proposal in a mostly party-line vote: Five Republicans supported the measure, while two Democrats opposed it.
Another component of the legislation, called the Untraceable Firearms Act, would bolster regulations around so-called ghost guns, or those firearms without a serial number. It is far more difficult for law enforcement to track ownership and possession of firearms that lack serial numbers.