House Passes Assault Weapons Ban, First of Its Kind in Decades

Uvalde and Highland Park mass shootings survivors, families and supporters rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., calling for stricter gun controls on July 13, 2022.

On Friday, the House voted to pass a ban on certain military-style assault weapons for the first time in 20 years, legislation that advocates say is crucial to curbing gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S.

The bill passed 217 to 213 in a largely party line vote. Two Republicans, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania) and Chris Jacobs (New York), voted to pass the bill, while five Democrats, Representatives Henry Cuellar (Texas), Jared Golden (Maine), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Kurt Schrader (Oregon) and Ron Kind (Wisconsin) voted against it.

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