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Democratic Bill to Address Gun Violence Clears House Committee

  • Full House could vote next week; prospects dim in Senate
  • Bipartisan Senate group working on compromise legislation
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WATCH: President Joe Biden called for a ban on sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines following a spate of mass shootings.Source: Bloomberg

A House committee approved a package of gun legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase some semiautomatic rifles and prohibit sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines in the latest attempt by Democrats to respond to mass shootings across the nation.

The Judiciary Committee voted 25-19 along party lines Thursday to move the legislation to consideration before the full House, which could come as soon as next week. But it’s not likely to get traction in the Senate because of Republican opposition to many of the provisions. A bipartisan Senate group is negotiating other measures.