Texas House Committee Approves Raising Purchase Age For Semi-Automatic Weapons

A Texas House committee advanced a bill today that would raise the minimum age to purchase certain semi-automatic rifles.

Perhaps it was just the timing after this weekend’s deadly mass shooting at an Allen shopping mall, but a Texas House committee advanced a bill today that would raise the minimum age to purchase certain semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.

HB 2744 was filed by Democratic Rep. Tracy King, whose district includes Uvalde.

From the Texas Tribune:

The bill faces an uphill climb to becoming state law, but the vote marked a milestone for the proposal that relatives of Uvalde shooting victims have been pushing for months.

Several relatives of children who were killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting last year sobbed when the committee voted 8-5 to send the bill to the House floor.

Republican state Reps. Sam Harless and Justin Holland joined with Democrats on the House Community Safety Select Committee to advance the bill.

It’s worth noting that today is the last day bills can be voted out of committees and on to the full state House.

Just my two cents, but an 8-5 vote in a House committee is one thing. It’s difficult to imagine this bill getting approved by the full House and the state Senate. And then, Gov. Greg Abbott would have to sign it into law.

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