The bill was also referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which would normally be in charge of gun provisions in federal law, but that panel waived its jurisdiction. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and author of an assault weapons ban in the mid-1990s, and she spoke about the prospects - or lack thereof - for gun reforms in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Giffords put out a statement on the violence in Las Vegas, saying she was praying for the victims and their families.
It was actually the second time that work on that measure had been delayed; the first time was back in mid-June, because of the gun attack on a baseball practice involving Republican lawmakers.
"Now is the time for us to stand up and demand that we enforce gun safety laws and fight for stronger gun violence prevention measures", said Mike Levin, one of three Democrats challenging Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista.
House Republicans held the presser to urge Americans to unify as a country after 64 year-old Stephen Paddock fired down on a country music concert from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, killing 59 and wounding more than 400.
It was a proud moment for a legislative body that was rocked by gun violence just months ago. Nevada's are some of the least restrictive in the country, allowing residents to carry concealed weapons with an easy-to-obtain permit and own firearms without registering them.
The complicated politics of guns was personified by West Virginia Sen.
In the first hours after the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, numerous details - including the gunman's mental state and motive, and any groups he might have been part of - remained unclear.
DETROW: It's the flip side for many Democrats today.
The Sandy Hook shooting didn't change the gridlock of the gun control debate.
In the aftermath of school shooting however, NRA agreed to consider some restrictions on guns.
"The reason we're bringing our budget up this week is because we want to pass tax reform, because we think that's one of the most important things we can do to improve people's lives", he added. Checks on firearms should be tightened to ensure mentally challenged people find it hard to buy guns. A majority (54%) of Republicans say stricter gun laws would make no difference in regards these mass casualty events. Joe Manchin, a Democrat up for re-election next year in a state carried overwhelmingly by President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, the White House brushed aside calls to quickly beef up national gun laws.
Gun ownership tends to break down along partisan lines.
"Everyone is jumping to conclusions without having a full set of information", he said.
Democrats have proposed various measures, including expanding background checks, prohibiting the sale of so-called bump stocks that can enable a rifle to fire 600 rounds per minute or more, and banning gun sales to terrorism suspects on the government's "no-fly" list.
Supporters say the proposal, attached to a broader package of legislation that had been expected to get a vote in the U.S. House in the coming weeks, is necessary to protect the hearing of hunters and recreational shooters who regularly expose themselves to high-volume gunfire.
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