(DCWatchdog.com) – Congressional Democrats on the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are planning an emergency meeting to develop comprehensive gun control legislation in the hopes of retaining their seats in the midterms.
The legislation, known collectively as the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” will contain eight bills pushed by Democrats to restrict gun ownership and implement new firearm laws.
The bills also contain proposals to increase the age limit to purchase semiautomatic weapons from 18 to 21 years old. The bills also include plans to establish a registry for bump stocks, ban “high capacity magazines,” etc.
Millions of Americans support legislation to restrict gun ownership following the Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York massacres, but avid supporters of the Second Amendment have expressed strong opposition to gun control measures.
Moderate Democrats facing re-election or seeking other positions within Congress find themselves in a challenging spot as supporting the package could come at a cost, with many trying to strike a balance between supporting gun control and not alienating Second Amendment supporters.
Commenting ahead of the meeting, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said in a statement to Fox News, “I have always been a supporter of bipartisan, common-sense reforms to protect Americans, and I will continue to support solutions that keep our children, churches, and communities safe from gun violence and mass shootings.”
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) mentioned targeting bump stocks, saying, “The manufacture of new machine guns has been illegal in the United States for decades. Yet bump stocks and similar devices to augment firing capacities circumnavigate the law to produce fully automatic weapons like the ones used in the 1 October mass shooting in Las Vegas.”
Titus added, ” Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act will permanently subject these dangerous devices to strict regulation under the National Firearms Act.”