Periodic mass shootings across the United States have rarely moved Congress to action, but the killing of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde has reignited efforts to respond
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US lawmakers have responded to the recent mass shootings by voting to set a minimum age of 21 for purchasing semi-automatic weapons.
The vote in the United States House of Representatives was part of a wide-ranging gun control bill passed on Wednesday that proposes raising the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle and banning the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity greater than 15 rounds.
The vote passed 223-204, while the section dealing with the minimum age for semi-automatic weapons passed 228-199.
The bill does not necessarily become law; Senate negotiations between Republicans and Democrats focused on other measures to potentially reduce gun violence, such as: B. Better mental health programs, improved safety in schools and improved background checks.
The bill is likely to face opposition from Senate Republicans, though it could well offer Democratic politicians an opportunity to appeal to voters in November if they can indicate their commitment to tougher gun laws, a policy that recent polls have found would be popular .
It has been just over two weeks since the killing of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, and the House Committee heard harrowing accounts from victims and loved ones of the recent shooting.
Among them was 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo, who recalled smearing her dead classmate’s blood on herself and playing dead to avoid being shot.
Previous mass shootings have rarely led to political interventions related to gun control, but there have been recent bipartisan Senate discussions about reducing gun violence.
More than 700 people have been killed in the US since the Uvalde massacre last month, but the NRA, the country’s largest gun lobby, has a budget that means it can have significant influence over some members of Congress.
Members of the Republican Party tend to be pro-status quo and mostly anti-gun control.
Congress is fairly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. It is believed that only about 24% of Republicans support stricter gun laws.
Democrats need the support of 10 Republicans in the Senate for the bill to become law.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/raises-legal-age-owning-guns-27184798 The US raises the legal age for gun ownership to 21