gun legislation update in the house

June 9, 2022

Now is not a time for bills we all know will fail.

Congressman Jared Golden (D-Maine) voting against a package of gun laws supported and passed by the majority of his party in the House of Representatives.

Why It Matters: Two weeks after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the House passed a package of seven gun laws. The legislation passed *mostly* along party lines; without bipartisan support, it will not pass the Senate to become law.

What’s In The Bill: “The legislation in-part [sic] calls for raising the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, banning civilians from using magazines with upwards of 15 rounds, and bolstering safe storage of firearms where minors could access the weapons.” (The Hill)

  • Congressman Golden also said: “While a handful of the individual provisions in the two bills before us have the potential to garner bipartisan support, taken as a whole, the bills are too sweeping in their design and fall far short of the support necessary to become law and save lives.”
  • Context: While two Democrats voted AGAINST the Democrat-sponsored legislation, five Republicans voted for it.

These four Democrats voted against parts of the gun package

House Republicans dig in as Dems pass gun package

by Jenna Lee,