The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will consider three pieces of legislation that respond to the growing problem of gun violence when they return next week. It is long past time for Congress to take actions that will end gun violence.
In February, the U.S. House passed H.R. 8 the Bipartisan Background Check Act and sent it to the U.S. Senate for consideration. H.R. 8 and its companion in the Senate, S. 42, will make us all safer by requiring a background check for virtually every firearm sale and transfer. The legislation does nothing to impede lawful gun purchases, while closing off a wide and well-known avenue for illegal transactions by prohibited, and often dangerous, buyers. And it enjoys the support of 97% of Americans. But it is still waiting on a vote in the U.S. Senate.
Next week’s hearing in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will focus on three other bills that tackle the issue of gun violence prevention. The legislation includes:
H.R. 1186, the Keep Americans Safe Act, would ban high capacity ammunition magazines.
H.R. 1236, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019 (amended to include provisions from H.R. 3076, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act), provides incentives through grants for states to adopt laws providing for Extreme Risk Protection Orders to prevent those deemed a risk to themselves or others from accessing firearms and establishes a procedure for obtaining Extreme Risk Protection Orders in federal court
H.R. 2708, the Disarm Hate Act, which includes those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes in the list of categories of individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms, and who would be prohibited from doing so through background checks.