Arizona politicians react to gun control bill passing U.S. House

An attendee holds a sign calling for a ban on assault weapons during the Moms Demand Action Gun Violence Rally on June 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. Politicians and activists continued their push for additional gun safety legislation following a series of deadly mass shootings in the U.S. /Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images 

BY KTAR

Arizona politicians in the U.S. House reacted Wednesday after a wide-ranging gun control bill passed mostly along party lines.

The bill, which is in response to the recent deadly mass shootings at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, raises the age limit for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle to 21 years old and prohibits the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds among other regulations.

“It is unconscionable that our nation has allowed the epidemic of gun violence to exist for this long,” Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said in a statement. “House Democrats will not wait around, and today we approved meaningful solutions to put an end to these shootings.”

Republican Rep. Andy Biggs spoke on the House floor and said the answer to gun violence cannot be “restricting America’s right to protect themselves.”

“You can harden schools and make them work, you can arm guards and make them work and make children safer,” Biggs said.

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