U.S. House panel to cut recess short to consider gun measures
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[August 17, 2019]
By David Morgan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led
U.S. House Judiciary Committee said on Friday it will cut short its
summer recess and meet on Sept. 4 to consider new gun control
legislation in response to back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso,
Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
The panel will prepare a series of bills for consideration by the full
House of Representatives, including a high-capacity magazine ban, a
measure to prevent people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from
purchasing firearms and a "red flag" bill to deny guns to those deemed
to be a danger to themselves and others.
Lawmakers will also hold a Sept. 25 hearing on military-style assault
"El Pasoans want action and Congress has the power to end this horror,"
Representative Veronica Escobar said on Twitter. Escobar is a committee
member whose district was stricken by an Aug. 3 mass shooting at a
Walmart store, where a lone gunman with a military-style rifle killed 22
The shootings in El Paso and Dayton killed a total of 31 people and
propelled the wide availability of guns in the United States back to the
forefront of political debate.
"For far too long, politicians in Washington have only offered thoughts
and prayers in the wake of gun violence tragedies. Thoughts and prayers
have never been enough. To keep our communities safe, we must act,"
Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
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A Oregon District resident stands at a memorial for those killed
during Sunday morning's a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. August
7, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File Photo
The House passed legislation to expand background checks for gun
buyers in February, and Democrats have sought to step up pressure on
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to recall the Senate and
hold votes on the measures. The full House and Senate are both on
recess and scheduled to reconvene on Sept. 9.
"While we urge our Senate colleagues to act, Democrats in the House
will continue to make good on our promise to work to keep our
communities safe," Nadler said. "There is more that we can and must
do to address the gun violence epidemic."
Separately, Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House
Intelligence Committee, introduced legislation that would create a
federal domestic terrorism crime, covering attacks like the one in
(Reporting by David Morgan, additional reporting by Patricia
Zengerle; Editing by Chris Reese, Alistair Bell and Cynthia
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