Democratic lawmakers are reportedly looking to cut their legislative recess short as they are wanting to quickly take up anti-gun bills.
Politico reports House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is calling back his committee members early next month to debate the merits of three anti-gun proposals.
From the report:
On Sept. 4, the panel intends to approve measures to ban high-capacity magazines, to incentivize states to establish a process to prevent people deemed “a risk to themselves or others” from obtaining a firearm, and to prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing guns.
“These should not be partisan issues, and it is my hope we can move forward on these matters with support on both sides of the aisle, including the president,” Nadler said in a statement.
According to the report, the committee will also host hearings on “military-style assault weapons,” but it is unclear if these hearings will be followed by an effort to ban the guns.
The Democratic push to pass gun control legislation follows several mass shooting incidents in recent weeks in California, Mississippi, Texas, and Ohio. Several other potential shooting incidents were prevented throughout the country after law enforcement responded to threatening social media posts.
Following these incidents, especially in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shooting incidents where more than 30 people were killed, President Trump voiced that he would be open to hearing from both sides of the aisle to combat gun violence.
The president said it was finally time to address criminals getting ahold of guns illegally and said he may even be open to passing “red flag” laws.
“Trump has yet to endorse any specific measures,” Politico reports.
House Democrats debated returning early from their six-week August recess to address gun violence, but leadership and top lawmakers argued that the House had already passed multiple bills to strengthen background checks and that Senate Republicans should simply vote on those.
One measure passed in February would forbid anyone without a license from transferring firearms to another person, with a few exceptions. Another would prevent the transfer of a weapon from a licensed dealer if the background check system has not responded in a timely way.
The Judiciary Committee’s return will come less than a week before the full House is scheduled to end its summer recess, when many members are abroad on official delegations.
….mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019