(FeaturedNews.com) – On Monday, a Texas House panel advised that there needed to be an increase in the minimum legal age for the purchase of a semiautomatic rifle.
The bill was approved by the Texas House Community Safety Select Committee in an 8-5 vote on Monday, only days after a deadly mass shooting at a Texas mall. According to the Texas Tribune, two Republicans had voted along with the Democrats in order for the bill to pass.
If Bill HB 2744 passes, then the legal age for the purchase of semiautomatic rifles would increase from 18 to 21 in the state of Texas. This is a move that has already been implemented in many other states, however, it will be hard for the bill to successfully make it through the Republican-controlled chambers of the state legislature, especially as Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had stated last August that a law increasing the minimum legal age would be “unconstitutional.”
Texas has had two mass shootings within less than 10 days. The first one took place when a man shot his neighbor’s home last month, murdering five people. More recently, a 33-year-old gunman opened fire at the Allen Premium Outlets, resulting in the death of eight people and seven people being injured during the incident. The shooter was shot and killed by police. In both of these cases, an assault rifle was used for the attack, and this has led to President Biden once again calling for a ban on assault rifles. It would be up to Congress to pass such legislation.
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