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The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to enact an assault weapons banlawmakers narrowly approving the bill in a vote of 217 to 213.
Eighteen House Democrats considered vulnerable this year midterm elections voted in favor of the bill, while two party representatives facing tough re-election battles – Henry Cuellar of Texas and Jared Golden of Maine – split from their parties to vote against the bill.
The list of vulnerable House Democrats who voted in favor of the bill includes Rep. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich. Representative Angie Craig, D-Minn. Rep. Annie Kuster, DNH. Representative Chris Pappas, DNH. Rep. Dinah Titus, D-Nev. Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev. Rep. Steve Horsford, D-Nev. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Representative Matt Cartwright, D-Pa. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va. Representative Kim Schrier, D-Wash. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa; Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa. Representative Tom Malinowski, DNJ; Tom O’Halleran, D-Arizona.
According to the bill’s summary, the 2022 Assault Weapons Ban would make it illegal to “knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semi-automatic assault weapon (SAW) or a High Capacity Ammunition Feeder (LCAFD)”.
The issue of gun control has become a central issue in discussions surrounding midterms following a number of tragic mass shootings in recent months, including at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. , and at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
The shootings have led to renewed calls from a number of activists and Democratic members of Congress to ban “assault weapons” and pass tougher gun control measures, such as expanded gun control laws. background checks and red flag laws.
President Biden asked the Senate to pass the measure, insisting that a majority of Americans favor “common sense action.”
“The majority of the American people agree with this common sense action. Should the Senate act quickly to bring this bill to my desk, and I will not stop fighting until it There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to keep our families, our children, our homes, our communities and our nation safe,” Biden said. Today, House Democrats took action by uniting to pass an assault weapons ban to keep the weapons of war off our streets, save lives in this country and reduce crime in our communities.”
The effort to pass such measures culminated with Friday’s vote in the House despite polls showing a growing number of Americans opposed to banning “assault weapons,” in addition to just a small portion of voters for whom gun control is a high priority as they decide who to vote for.
According a survey by Suffolk University of registered voters released this week, only 3.4% of voters said gun control was the most important issue for them ahead of the midterm elections
A separate poll published in June showed support for “assault weapons” among registered voters at an all-time low.
During a speech in the House on Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the assault weapons ban was overdue.
“Our nation has watched with unspeakable horror the use of assault weapons in massacre after massacre in communities across the country,” she said. “Disturbingly, so many of these mass shootings have targeted our precious children. In their schools, in the cinemas, in malls and in all of our communities. That’s why I stand today in strong support of recovery. of the Assault Weapons Ban, a long-late step to get deadly weapons off our streets.”
Adam Sabes of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this article.