House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the House will consider legislation to crack down on military-style “assault weapons” amid a wave of gun violence across the United States.
On Thursday, the Judiciary Committee will mark up legislation, packaged together as the Protecting Our Kids Act, that raises the age to purchase “weapons of war,” restricts access to ghost guns, outlaws high-capacity gun magazines, and cracks down on gun trafficking, Pelosi said at a rally against gun violence in San Francisco on Wednesday. The House will then take up the bill sometime next week along with other gun-related legislation, Pelosi added, before the chamber holds a hearing on and a markup for an “assault weapons” ban.
“We just are trying to hit in every possible way,” Pelosi said. “Of course, we want the Senate to pass the background check legislation, which will save more lives than any of the initiatives we have.”
Another bill expected to be taken up by the House is a bill offered by Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA), whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in 2012, that would allow people to obtain an extreme risk protection order, which temporarily removes access to firearms for those deemed a danger to themselves or to others, from a federal court.
Pelosi also referenced an “active shooter bill,” which she described to be “like an Amber Alert.” The bill would allow people and law enforcement to be alerted to any active shooters nearby.
The evenly divided Senate, which has the filibuster, poses a tougher hurdle for restrictive gun measures to pass. However, there are bipartisan talks underway in response to a string of recent mass shootings.
Pelosi’s appearance at the rally was held the same day that two high-profile shootings took place in Oklahoma and in Pennsylvania. A total of five people, including the shooter, were killed in a shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while in Pennsylvania, police are still looking for a shooter after a woman was shot in Pittston Township.
Pelosi also mentioned the Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, mass shootings in May. The Uvalde school shooting left 19 students and two teachers dead after a delayed response from police, and the racially motivated shooter in Buffalo killed 10 black people.