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Democrats urge House Republican leaders to hold floor vote on assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A group of U.S. House Democrats sent a letter to Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan asking leaders to hold a markup and vote to the ground on a bill banning assault weapons, following a mass shooting of a Christian. Tennessee Elementary School on Monday.

The 2023 Assault Weapons Ban, introduced by Democrats in January, would ban the sale and import of 205 “military-style assault weapons” but allow owners to keep existing firearms. The bill would also ban certain magazines and “bump-fire” stocks, as well as expand background checks.

“Once again, our country was rocked yesterday when a gunman entered a Nashville elementary school and murdered three nine-year-old children and three staff members,” the letter read Tuesday. “Last July, the Judiciary Committee marked a ban on assault weapons and the bill passed the House with bipartisan support. We need to take the same action this Congress and quickly bring the ban on weapons storming to the markup and to the floor of the Chamber for a vote.”

There have already been 129 mass shootings in the United States this year, the letter says.

Seven dead and ‘several’ injured in Nashville school shooting

The Nashville shooter was armed with two “assault rifles” and a handgun, local police said. The shooter, a 28-year-old man believed to have previously attended school, was killed by police minutes after officers entered the building.

“We know the danger these weapons pose to our communities, and that banning them is an effective way to reduce gun violence and gun-related deaths in our country. assault weapons in 1994 was associated with a 25% drop in gun killings and a 40% drop in deaths,” the letter said.

The letter was signed by Representatives David Cicilline, Lucy McBath, Jerrold Nadler and Sheila Jackson Lee.

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