June 02, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman Neguse to Participate in Judiciary Committee Markup of Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Following shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, the House Judiciary Committee announced an atypical recess week markup for Thursday. The event’s Livestream will be available starting at 10am ET, here. 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Neguse, Co-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, will participate in today’s House Judiciary Committee markup on gun violence prevention measures. Specifically, the committee will discuss H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act, a bill that includes proposals to raise the age limit to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 years old, create a new federal firearms offense for gun trafficking, address safe gun storage and codify several Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gun regulations from recent years.

The bill also establishes a federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Last year, Neguse called for a similar ban in a letter to President Biden. Read Neguse’s letter to President Biden requesting he issue an executive order banning the importation of assault weapons here. 

“For as long as I can remember, gun violence has been an epidemic in this country, from the horrific shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 to this day, when just a week ago 19 children and their two teachers were senselessly murdered in Uvalde, Texas. There are no more excuses for inaction. For the safety of our children, and for Americans everywhere, we must enact common-sense gun prevention measures.” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I am proud to be working with colleagues who are motivated to put an end to gun violence in America, and am faithful that today’s hearing will prepare this bill for a successful vote next week.” 

The hearing starts at 10am ET and will be available to the public through Livestream, here.

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler noticed the markup after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. It also initiates the beginning of Gun Violence Awareness Month.