House Judiciary Committee to Hold Emergency Hearing on Gun Control Bills

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The House Judiciary Committee convenes an emergency hearing this week to consider a package of gun control bills, including one that would raise the legal purchase age for semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 year.

Driving the news: Thursday morning’s panel will consider an omnibus package consisting of eight bills that Democrats are calling the “Protecting Our Children Act.”

  • In addition to increasing the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles, the package would ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of high capacity magazines.
  • The package also includes a bill that would establish requirements to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises and create criminal penalties for violations.
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The big picture: Mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, have prompted lawmakers to pass new gun control legislation.

  • The emergency meeting was called even though the House is out of session this week.

What to watch: House Democrats plan to bring the bills to a vote early next week, according to Punchbowl News, which first reported on the omnibus package.

  • Even if the package passes the House, it would still take 60 votes to break a filibuster in the Senate.
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