Washington – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05)’s H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act. Rep. Thompson introduced this bill alongside House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). This bill joins Rep. Thompson’s H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, as the most substantial gun violence prevention legislation to pass the House.
“The heartbreaking mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Tulsa, along with the everyday gun violence that often goes unreported must be addressed to save lives, and the House took action today to do just that,” said Thompson. “After each mass shooting, we hear the same thing from the other side: they offer their thoughts and prayers. The Protecting Our Kids Act is more than thoughts and prayers. Every provision in the Protecting Our Kids Act is consistent with the Second Amendment and will save lives. I was proud to work with Chairman Nadler, Chairwoman Jackson Lee, and all of our colleagues who have contributed bills and provisions to this final package.
“As a hunter, gun owner, and combat veteran, I know that raising the age to buy certain assault weapons will save lives. I know limiting magazine capacity will save lives. I know going after gun traffickers saves lives. I know safe storage saves live. I know that regulating bump stocks and banning ghost guns will save lives.
“Senate Republicans must put the lives of our children, neighbors, and community members above their own political career. The moment has found us, and the time to act is now.”
The Protecting Our Kids Act would:
Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, then-Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Rep. Mike Thompson Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. This group, consisting of more than 185 Members of Congress, is devoted to finding commonsense solutions to our nation’s ongoing gun violence epidemic.