June 2, 2022

Post Politics Now: House Judiciary Committee poised to advance emergency gun measures

Today, President Biden plans to deliver a prime time address on recent mass shootings and urge Congress to pass “commonsense laws” in response, the White House said. The planned 7:30 p.m. Eastern speech follows recent shootings in New York, Texas and Oklahoma and will focus on the need to “combat the epidemic of gun violence that is taking lives every day,” according to the White House.

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Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee is debating legislation billed as an emergency response to mass shootings, including the school massacre in Uvalde, Tex. The Protecting Our Kids Act, among other things, would raise the purchase age of an assault weapon from 18 to 21 and attempt to crack down on large-capacity magazines and “ghost guns.” It does not include an assault weapons ban. The bill could pass the House as early as next week but is not expected to advance in the Senate.

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  • 10 a.m. Eastern: The House Judiciary Committee considers a package of gun-control measures called the Protecting Our Kids Act. Watch live here.
  • 11:15 a.m. Eastern: President Biden held a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss preparations for the NATO Summit in Madrid this month.
  • 2:45 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and covid response coordinator Ashish Jha brief reporters. Watch live here.
  • 7:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden speaks on gun violence. Watch live here.

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