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EXCLUSIVE: House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik introduces legislation to promote gun training and safety in the wake of several mass shootings across the United States.
Stefanik is joined by Rep. Richard Hudson, R.C., and Rep. Carol Miller, RW.Va., to introduce the “Firearm Proficiency and Training Act” on Tuesday, which seeks to counter proposed gun control mandates by Democrats.
GOP lawmakers say their bill will empower Americans to “train, secure and store” firearms, rather than “force” them to do so through anticipated Democratic proposals.
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“As Democrats race to advance their radical gun control agenda, I’m proud to lead the charge by introducing legislation to promote gun training and safety,” Stefanik told Fox. NewsDigital.
“This bill will empower gun owners by encouraging them to purchase gun safety and storage equipment as well as training and safety courses. Congress should allow all Americans to practice secure their Second Amendment rights, rather than infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding American citizens,” the New York Republican continued.
The legislation would provide tax deductions to Americans who enroll in concealed carry or other gun safety courses, or purchase secure gun safety devices to store weapons. The tax incentives would not exceed $250 for each deduction.
In addition, the text of the bill states that “no taxpayer shall be required, as a condition of any deduction permitted under this section, to furnish information respecting firearms owned by the taxpayer” and no government official shall may retain deduction record after three years.
Legislation proposed by Republicans is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the 50/50 split Senate.
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Congressional push for gun legislation comes after a shooter killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket in a seemingly racially motivated attack and a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. There was another mass shooting that killed four people last week at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Democratic lawmakers held an emergency meeting last week to mark the ‘Protecting Our Kids Act’, a set of eight bills aimed at suppression of possession of firearms and implementing new gun laws for Americans. The bills contain proposals to raise the minimum age for the purchase of a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, to ban “big capacity stores”, to establish a register of mogul stocks and Moreover.
However, more than 20 House Democrats have pressed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to split their party’s omnibus gun control package into multiple bills and allow votes on each in order to increase their chances of becoming law.
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Across the Capitol, a bipartisan group of senators is working to come together on a gun safety package. If an agreement is reached between the senators, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, promised, “If we reach an agreement, law-abiding gun owners will not be affected at all.”
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Kyle Morris contributed to this report.
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