Newly-empowered Democrats are poised to push gun legislation once they take over Congress next year, buoyed by gains from new members who took on the NRA – despite cautionary tales from the past.
Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become speaker, has green-lighted the effort,
Incoming Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told the publication Democrats would act quickly on the issue.
Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become speaker, has green-lighted the effort to move more gun control legislation
“It’s very important to us, it’s one of our top priorities. We told the American voters that we do mean to do this, and we do mean to do it,’ he said.
Numerous Democrats campaign on gun control, during a year marred by a series of school shootings. But amid the usual divisions and outside pressure, the Republican Congress did not produce a response.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, wants to move gun control legislation quickly
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has said he will introduce legislation for a universal background check on gun purchases, including for private sales
President Donald Trump hold a roundtable Tuesday to get a report from a commission on school safety. The administration plans to release a rule that would ban bump stocks of the kind used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that resulted in the deaths of 58 people, according to press reports.
The efforts unlikely to clear the Senate, which remains under Republican control. If lawmakers were able to reach a compromise, the White House would not likely be hospitable, after Trump campaigned claiming Democrats want to undue the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Nevertheless, gun control proponents are eager to test whether the climate has changed on the issue.
California Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson is vowing to introduce his bill requiring universal background checks for gun purposes next year.
Gun rights groups are fearful that such legislation could open the door to a national gun registry.
The push comes after some high-profile victories by Democrats in their 40-seat House gain in November.
Among the winners was Jason Crow, who defeated a Republican incumbent Mike Coffman in Colorado, home to the Columbine massacre and the 2012 move theater killings. He was featured in pre-election coverage of Democrats who were succeeding despite earning ‘F’ ratings from the NRA.