Democratically-controlled House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to advance a series of three gun-control bills to the floor. The measures “would ban magazines that hold ten or more rounds; provide funds to incentivize states to establish red flag laws; and make it illegal for someone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime to own a gun” reported National Review.
However, it is unlikely that the Republican-controlled Senate would take up any of those bills if they are passed in the House. Jerry Nadler said Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell refusing to take up their gun-control bills “will not stop this committee…Today, we will consider three more measures that would help prevent the tragic gun violence that has engulfed this nation in recent years.”
The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins of Georgia had concerns about the constitutionality of red fag laws which would “empower judges to temporarily disarm a gun owner if he’s reported as a threat by a friend or family member” explains National Review. Collins said, “do we really want to surrender Americans’ constitutional rights to such a low standard without giving those citizens notice or an opportunity to be heard?”
Reportedly, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, is working on a potential red flag bill that will aim to address “Republicans’ constitutional concerns.”