House Committee Might Return Early to Pursue Gun Control

When was the last time Congressmen rushed back to work to do anything?

Democratic aides said members of the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee might return to Washington a week early to start pushing gun control legislation after the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

The committee would be moving on several bills that would be introduced to the full House when it reconvenes on September 9.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler wants to consider measures, including a “red flag” bill to provide an incentive to states to adopt laws to deny guns to people deemed a threat to themselves or others, the aides said.

A similar measure is being pursued by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the panel.

President Trump has been back and forth on stronger gun control measures, at times calling for red flag provisions and better background checks, and at others distancing himself from such legislation.

A majority of Americans support universal background checks.

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