The House Judiciary Committee plans to consider a package of proposals Thursday that would raise the age to buy certain semiautomatic rifles to 21, crack down on gun trafficking and encourage safe gun storage practices, among other measures.
Several of the bills that make up the package were introduced by Democrats whose districts have suffered mass shootings, including Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). Titus and Slotkin are facing competitive reelection races, and passing their bills could provide them with a symbolic victory ahead of the midterms, even if the legislation founders in the Senate.
But the vote outcome isn’t clear cut and House leaders are discussing whether they should introduce the bills as one package or try to pass them as individual bills. The whip count will inform their strategy, one leadership aide told The Early.
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