Pelosi holds floor vote on assault weapons ban

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JThe House will vote Friday on a bill to ban assault weapons in response to a series of recent mass shootings this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Friday. The move comes after Democrats failed to secure the votes needed to pass broader public safety measures on Friday. Negotiations on these bills are expected to continue through the summer.

The ban vote will mark lawmakers’ first effort to try to reinstate the federal ban, which was in effect from 1994 to 2004. But the proposal is unlikely to make it to President Joe Biden’s office.

Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill Friday that “I’m excited today because I’ve wanted to bring back the ban on assault weapons for a long time.”

“If you weren’t there or maybe even born when we did this in the 90s, it was tough, but it happened and it saved lives,” Pelosi said. “And I’m looking forward to it passing this afternoon.”

Pelosi said his remarks would include “a presentation of what some totally irresponsible people are posting about little kids, toddlers learning how to use an assault weapon – smaller assault weapons, but a gun like mom and dad, getting their muscles to be able to use it.”

There is an “outcry” to reinstate the ban in the country, Pelosi argued.

A Quinnipiac University survey
last month, after the shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, most people, 57% to 38%, favored tougher gun laws in the states -United. However, when asked about specific policies, majorities said they supported requiring background checks on all gun buyers or implementing “red flag” laws. “.

But people were more divided on a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, with 50 percent supporting and 45 percent opposing. Although that’s a slim majority, Quinnipiac said it was the “lowest level of support among registered voters for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons since February 2013. “.

A similar ban passed the Senate in 1993 and was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994. But the law included a provision allowing it to expire after 10 years, and it automatically expired in 2004 when she was not renewed by a Republican. -Majority Congress under the administration of former President George W. Bush.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter on Friday, Pelosi said Democrats have made “tremendous progress in our discussions” on public safety measures and still plan to introduce those bills.

“Today, our Democratic majority will pass and pass the Assault Weapons Ban legislation: a critical step in our ongoing fight against the deadly epidemic of gun violence in our country,” Pelosi wrote.

Pelosi added that to do that, Democrats must first “pass authority on the day so we can pass the rule allowing us to bring up the ban on assault weapons,” and she urged her members to vote yes at each step.

The bill is expected to pass the House, but it faces bleak prospects in the Senate, where it is unlikely to receive the 60 votes needed to clear the upper house’s filibuster threshold.

The Biden administration supports an assault weapons ban, the White House said Friday.

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