U. S. House approves new gun bill

Here is what it calls for and how your lawmaker voted

WASHINGTON D.C. (WDEF) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a gun bill Wednesday night in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Here’s what’s in it:

— raise age for buying semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21

— ban ammo magazines with more than 15 rounds for citizens

— ban bump stocks for citizens

— new federal offenses for gun trafficking and straw purchases through a proxy

— background checks and serial numbers for ghost guns (no serial number)

— tougher requirements for storing guns in homes with minors

— requires attorney general to report those who failed background checks

The vote was 224 to 202 (5 not voting), with few members crossing party lines.

Two Democrats voted against it ((Jared Golden (Maine) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.))

Five Republicans voted for it ((Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.) and Fred Upton (Mich.))

The bill now goes to the Senate where Republicans strongly oppose it.

A bipartisan group of Senators are working on their own gun bill.

HOW YOUR LAWMAKER VOTED

Alabama

(R) Robert Aderholt (No)

(R) Mo Brooks (No)

Georgia

(R) Marjorie Taylor Greene (No)

North Carolina

(R) Madison Cawthorn (No)

Tennessee

(R) Dr. Scott Desjarlais (No)

(R) Chuck Fleischmann (No)

U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement following the passage of gun control legislation in the House of Representatives.

“Gun control always restricts the rights of law-abiding, responsible Americans to practice their Second Amendment rights and never stops criminals from breaking the law. The legislation passed in the House contains unconstitutional restrictions on Americans’ rights, such as prohibiting 18 to 20 year-olds from buying nearly all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns and establishes federal red flag laws that take away responsible gun owners’ right to due process.”

“Instead of restricting Americans’ rights, we must focus on hardening schools, funding mental health services, expanding drug treatment and interdiction, information sharing between law enforcement, and giving our police resources to go after criminals and flood high crime areas with officers, said Congressman Fleischmann.”

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