December 2, 2022

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Uvalde families, survivors testify as House advances gun legislation | USA TODAY

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Nine witnesses testified in front of a House committee for gun reform while the chamber voted to advance gun legislation at the U.S. Capitol.
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House lawmakers voted to raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age to buy semi-automatic rifles among a package, following a day of poignant testimony from survivors of mass shootings, including a fourth-grader, a mother taking care of her wounded son and parents who lost a 10-year-old daughter.

The House approved raising the age from 18 to 21 as part of a package of gun reform measures that also would clamp down on gun trafficking, ban bump stocks and require safe storage of firearms. The bill, known as the Protecting Our Kids Act, heads to the Senate where it’s not expected to pass because Republicans have enough votes to block gun legislation.

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