Jerry Nadler and judiciary committee announce plan to zero in on gun violence

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is the chairman, would come back into session on Sept. 4, cutting their six-week recess short, in order to work on gun violence legislation.

Nadler’s move comes after national attention was brought back to the gun violence debate by two recent deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio.

“@HouseJudiciary refuses to sit idly by as more communities are devastated by gun violence,” Nadler tweeted. “On Sept. 4, the Committee will come back into session to take up a series of bills to combat the gun violence epidemic that has gripped our nation.”

The Judiciary Committee Chairman released the following statement via his website:

“For far too long, politicians in Washington have only offered thoughts and prayers in the wake of gun violence tragedies. Thoughts and prayers have never been enough. To keep our communities safe, we must act.

“Although we know the issue of gun violence won’t be fixed overnight, there are steps Congress can and must take to address it. House Democrats ushered in a new era this Congress where we swiftly passed a landmark, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the gun background check system and close loopholes. It’s been more than 160 days since those bills passed the House and have awaited passage in the Senate. It’s shameful that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the Senate back to take up this legislation.

“While we urge our Senate colleagues to act, Democrats in the House will continue to make good on our promise to work to keep our communities safe. On September 4th, the Judiciary Committee will take additional steps to address gun violence by marking up the Keep Americans Safe Act which would ban high capacity ammunition magazines that are a particularly dangerous feature of the assault weapons often used in mass shootings. In Dayton, the shooter used a magazine capable of holding 100 rounds. We will also mark up the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, to prevent those deemed a risk to themselves or others from accessing firearms, as well as the Disarm Hate Act, which would prevent those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms. We won’t stop there. We will also hold a hearing on September 25th to consider ways to address the dangers posed by assault weapons. These should not be partisan issues, and it is my hope we can move forward on these matters with support on both sides of the aisle, including the President.

“There is more that we can and must do to address the gun violence epidemic. We will not sit idly by. I call on my Senate colleagues to join us in this effort by swiftly passing gun safety bills the House has already passed and also by acting on the additional bills we will be considering.”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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