October 1 tragedy informs House it pushes to pass gun control package – The Nevada Independent


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The October 2017 shooting tragedy in Las Vegas, the deadliest in the nation’s history, weighs on congressional efforts to pass gun control legislation in response to a spate of mass shootings. recent masses, including in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to pass a package of anti-gun violence measures next week, including a bill introduced by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV). His bill would ban so-called bump stocks, the devices used by the Las Vegas shooter to mimic the firing of automatic weapons and spend 1,049 laps in just 11 minutes.

In a statement provided by his office, Titus said his measure, the Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act, is necessary to regulate bump stocks like machine guns, which have no civilian use.

“Making new machine guns has been illegal in the United States for decades,” Titus said. “Yet shock stocks and similar devices to augment firing capabilities are bending the law to produce fully automatic weapons like those used in the October 1 mass shootings in Las Vegas.”

Titus said his bill would provide “strict regulation” under state firearms law, making it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess civilian-use bump stocks.

The Justice Department under President Donald Trump issued a rule banning bump stocks in 2018 in response to the Las Vegas shootings. But Titus argued for his bill rather than a regulation subject to a presidential decree.

The 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip killed 60 people, including two deceased in 2020 injuries sustained at the scene and raised the death toll from 58. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reportnearly 900 people were injured, including more than 400 wounded by bullets or shrapnel.

Several other mass shootings have taken place since 2017: including at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, where 17 people died; at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2019, where 23 people died; at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, where 10 people were killed on May 14.

Titus, Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) all signed a letter last week addressed to House Democratic leaders urging them to pass gun control legislation as soon as possible.

Rep. Mark Amodei’s (R-NV) office said it wanted to review any legislation that comes forward before weighing in on it. The Northern Nevada congressman is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, which is reflected in his voting record. Last year he voted against the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require background checks for transfers of firearms between private parties. He passed the House last time 227 to 203 with just eight GOP votes in favor.

Despite the action in the House, the package is unlikely to pass the Senate, where the parties are split 50-50. Democrats would need 10 Republicans to vote with them to overcome a filibuster.

With that in mind, a handful of Senate Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on a relatively more modest measure of gun violence that has a better chance in the upper house. The agreement could include language urging states to pass red flag laws, which allow law enforcement or family members to ask a judge to remove the firearms from a person deemed to be a threat. Other provisions being discussed involve tweaking the background check system to account for sales of private parties as well as bolstering school safety and mental health programs.

The Nevada Legislature approved a red flag law in 2019, and it went into effect in 2020.

Domestic gun bills

When the issue is gun violence, Las Vegas is never far from the debate. In his Thursday speechPresident Joe Biden has mentioned the horrific 2017 shooting, arguing for banning assault weapons and limiting high-capacity magazines.

“How much more carnage are we willing to accept? Biden asked. “How many more innocent American lives have to be taken before we say ‘enough’?”

Las Vegas was also mentioned Thursday in the Judiciary Committee’s markup of a set of eight gun control bills, including one introduced by Titus. The committee approved the package in a vote of 25 to 19 to the party line. The markup came despite the House on vacation. The Senate was also out of session. Both chambers are in session next week.

“Remember, it was the Trump administration that first enacted this ban on devices that essentially convert semi-automatic weapons into machine guns and serve no purpose other than to maximize carnage like we do. learned when they were used in the deadly Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), panel chair.

Along with banning Titus’s bump stocks, the package responded to Biden’s demand to ban high-capacity magazines.

The measure would raise the legal age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles, like the AR-15 used in many shootings, from 18 to 21. It would also crack down on gun trafficking and straw buying as a federal crime and require ghosts. firearm purchases must be subject to a background check.

Ghost guns are serialized, untraceable firearms that can be purchased online and assembled at home. The Nevada Legislature enacted a phantom gun ban law in the last session. But part of the law was struck down by a state court which ruled that some of it was unconstitutionally vague regarding “frames or receivers,” which are the building blocks of ghost guns. The law went into effect in January, and provisions generally banning firearms without serial numbers remain in effect.

The federal bill also included provisions on gun storage, such as establishing voluntary best practices for the safe storage of guns and would provide a tax incentive to dealers for 10% of amounts received from the sale. secure storage devices. The measure would also establish requirements to regulate the storage of firearms in residential premises and create criminal penalties for violations.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that the House will also pass federal red flag legislation as early as next week. This bill, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, would allow family members and law enforcement to apply to federal courts for Extreme Risk Protection Orders to remove firearms. fire of persons suspected of posing a risk to themselves or to others.

House Democrats are also set to hold a hearing soon on an assault weapons ban. Congress enacted a ban in 1994, but it expired in 2004.

Pelosi also said the House will soon pass a bill to create an AMBER Alert-like notification during a mass shooting.


Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) led fellow Democrats to send three letters to Senate officials overseeing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting access to SBA loans for vendors nonprofit child care provider, access to SBA loans for cannabis entrepreneurs, and $40 million for the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant program in the spending bill of the 2023 financial year.

Rosen and seven other senators argued that the shortage of affordable child care should dictate that non-profit providers and for-profit providers be treated equally by the SBA.

“Ensuring qualified nonprofit providers have equal access to SBA loans will allow providers to invest and expand their businesses, create local jobs, and provide working families with more options for services. affordable, quality child care so they don’t have to choose between their careers and supporting their families,” the letter reads.

The letter notes that for-profit providers have access to more extensive and flexible SBA loan programs of up to $5 million. Loans can be used for real estate purchases to increase child care capacity, construction and renovation to upgrade and expand facilities, and other expenses essential to maintaining and expanding child care operations of high quality children.

But nonprofit providers are limited to the SBA Microloan Program alone, which is capped at $50,000, and the funds cannot be used to purchase real estate or for existing operational debt.

On cannabis, Rosen asked appropriation officials to include language in the fiscal year 2023 budget bill prohibiting the SBA from denying loan applications for certain SBA products to small cannabis businesses operating legally in the states. who legalized its sale and use. These products include entrepreneurial development programs.

Cannabis remains federally illegal, which has made it difficult for the industry to access banking services, and the SBA “can fill in the gaps left by the private banking industry,” Rosen said.

As for rural businessesRosen and 12 other Senate Democrats have argued that $40 million is needed to help them recover from the pandemic.

For a full look at the measures delegates supported or opposed this week, see The Nevada IndependentCongressional vote tracking and other information below.


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