House votes to set minimum age of 21 for buying semi-automatic weapons in response to spate of shootings

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House lawmakers voted Wednesday to set the minimum age to buy semi-automatic weapons at 21 in response to a series of high-profile shootings.

The legislation was passed 223-204, mostly along party lines. He is unlikely to extricate the Senate as he pursues negotiations focused on improving mental health programs, strengthening school safety and improving background checks.

A banner hangs from a memorial outside Robb Elementary School on Friday, June 3.
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The bill would also ban the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds.

The vote comes after a House committee heard testimony from recent shooting victims and family members, including 11-year-old girl Miah Cerrillo, who covered herself in the blood of a schoolmate. class died to avoid being shot at Uvalde Primary School last month.

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The House bill brings together a variety of proposals that Democrats had introduced before the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. The suspects in the Uvalde, Elementary School and Buffalo Supermarket shootings were both just 18 years old, authorities said, when they purchased the semi-automatic weapons used in the attacks.

The House bill also includes incentives designed to increase the use of secure firearm storage devices and creates penalties for violations of secure storage requirements, including a fine and possible imprisonment. up to five years if a weapon is not properly stored and then used by a minor. to injure or kill themselves or another person.

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It also builds on the Biden administration’s executive action banning “bump-stock” quick-acting devices and “ghost guns” that are assembled without a serial number.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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