New gun control bills introduced

House Judiciary Committee advances on three new gun control bills

Saisha Dani, Reporter

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Following the three deadly mass shootings that occurred this past August, the House Judiciary Committee voted on Tuesday to advance on gun control bills which will go to the House for a full vote. If approved by the House, the bills will eventually be debated in the Senate.  

The Democratic majority committee voted on three bills that aim to reduce the number of mass shootings occurring in the country. 

The bills approved by the committee would ensure efforts to ban high-capacity magazines and prevent those convicted of hate crimes from obtaining a gun. 

“[Measures on gun control are] necessary because Americans everywhere live in fear of losing their lives constantly,” junior Tess Mellinger said. “High capacity magazines were not what the 2nd amendment was built for and I think a lot of people don’t realize that.”

The third bill being discussed at the committee would provide federal grants to states who implement red flag (risk protection) laws. This law would allow the court to intervene and confiscate guns from people who pose a threat to the public. 

“Weapons that can be used to mass murder people should not be legal and be taken away,” Mellinger said. 

If the bills get passed by the House and advance to the Republican-controlled Senate, they will most likely not approve the bill. 

The advancement of these new bills on gun control has brought a lot of opposition from many Republican members of the congress as they feel it goes against the second amendment rights of the country.  

“The House Judiciary Committee has a storied history of defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But today, Democrats are using the Committee to violate 2nd Amendment liberties, property rights, and due process rights, all before you’ve done anything wrong,” said Jim Jordan, the representative of Ohio’s fourth congressional district, on Twitter.  

Other opposers to the bill believe that new gun control measures are unnecessary as the country already has a good system put into place. 

“Both I and others hesitant of gun control are worried that any gun control measures will be abused to take firearms from the law-abiding public,” senior Sarah Carter said. “There are already strong background checks [in the country]…I don’t see anything more gun laws will do to help the situation except give people a false sense of security.”

President Donald Trump has yet to announce his opinions on the new bills and where he stands regarding the implementation of the new restrictive acts regarding gun control. The three new bills will most likely be debated on the House floors within the next few weeks.