The House of Representatives Pass Sweeping Gun Legislation; It Will Die in the Senate

Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting Our Kids Act, a sweeping gun safety package that will undoubtedly die in the US Senate. It passed mostly along party lines (223-204) with a few Republicans crossing over the aisle to vote with their Democratic colleagues and a few members of the Democratic Party who voted against it.

The House passed the provisions separately in an attempt to pressure Republicans while trying to satisfy moderate House Democrats.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Raise the age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21
  • Prevent gun trafficking
  • Require that all firearms be traceable
  • Fine gun owners for unsafely storing their gun
  • Ban the gun attachments known as bump stocks
  • Ban the sale of high-capacity magazines… and more.

According to Politico:

Raising the age for purchasing semi automatics:

  • Two Democrats voted no: Reps. Jared Golden (Maine), Kurt Schrader (Ore.).
  • 10 Republicans voted yes: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Maria Salazar (Fla.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Michael Turner (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.)

Preventing gun trafficking:

  • One Democrat voted no: Rep. Golden
  • Seven Republicans voted yes: Reps. Fitzgerald, Gonzalez, Jacobs, Katko, Kinzinger, Malliotakis, Salazar

Banning ‘ghost guns’:

  • One Democrat voted no: Rep. Golden
  • Eight Republicans voted yes: Reps. Fitzpatrick, Gonzalez, Jacobs, Katko, Kinzinger, Malliotakis, Smith, Upton

Fines for unsafe gun storage:

  • Two Democrats voted no: Reps. Golden and Ron Kind (Wis.)
  • Three Republicans voted yes: Reps. Fitzpatrick, Jacobs, Kinzinger

Banning bump stocks:

  • 13 Republicans voted yes: Reps. Ken Calvert (Calif.) Fitzpatrick, Gonzalez, Jacobs, David Joyce (Ohio), Katko, Kinzinger, Malliotakis, Salazar, Smith (N.J.), Turner, Upton, David Valadao (Calif.)

High-capacity magazine ban:

  • Four Democrats voted no: Reps. Henry Cuellar (Texas), Golden, Kind, Schrader
  • Four Republicans voted yes: Fitzpatrick, Jacobs, Kinzinger, Upton

The overall bill:

  • Two Democrats voted no: Reps. Golden, Schrader
  • Five Republicans voted yes: Reps. Fitzpatrick, Gonzalez, Jacobs, Kinzinger, Upton

Jared Golden’s Press Release:

The Cult of ‘Two’ Stupid Yaps:

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