Five Republican members of the House of Representatives voted with Democrats to pass a gun control package on Wednesday evening, according to The Daily Caller.
The publication reported that the legislation the GOP members voted in favor of looked to raise the purchase age of a semi-automatic firearm to 21 if signed into law, which is a response to recent shootings perpetrated by 18-year-old shooters.
Via the Daily Caller:
The majority of House Republicans voted against the Protecting Our Kids Act introduced by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, which sought to raise the purchasing age of people buying semi-automatic rifles to 21, mandate gun owners store their firearms in a safe and increase regulation on bump stocks. Republican Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Chris Jacobs of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Fred Upton of Michigan joined Democrats in voting to pass the bill.
Party leaders agreed that the bill would be broken up and voted on by provisions in order to retain it’s bipartisan support, according to a report by https://thehill.com/news/house/3516366-two-democrats-vote-against-advancing-gun-legislation/.
“My side is not coming forward with reasonable ways to defend an amendment that we think is very important,” Kinzinger said in a press release. “I’m looking at this going, ‘Fine, if people are going to put forward solutions about certifying maybe who can buy an assault weapon, I’m certainly open to that.”
Kinzinger’s office responds
Kinzinger’s office responded to a request for comment by directing The Daily Caller News Foundation to the press release when asked for additional comment.
“During his recent Sunday show interview, Congressman Kinzinger also stressed the importance of bringing both parties to the table in Congress to address gun violence in America more effectively: ‘My side is not coming forward with reasonable ways to defend an amendment that we think is very important. I’m looking at this going, ‘Fine, if people are going to put forward solutions about certifying maybe who can buy an assault weapon, I’m certainly open to that,” Kinzinger’s website stated.
Upton also supported gun safety measures: “The Protect Our Kids Act and the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act – also known as red flag – are commonsense bills that will make our communities safer without infringing on our 2nd Amendment Rights,” Upton said in a statement.
“While I don’t agree with every provision, we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” the congressman said, and his office directed TheDCNF to his statement when asked for additional information without adding any exclusive comments.
Gonzalez also stood up for his decision to support the measure in a press release where she said that the Protecting Our Kids Act was meant to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people.
“Our policies should support responsible gun ownership,” Gonzalez said. “We must protect mentally healthy, law-abiding citizens’ right to protect and defend themselves, their families, their homes, and their communities, and we must also prevent mentally ill individuals and criminals from gaining access to firearms and causing harm to others. If we’re going to stop the violence plaguing our nation, we must all accept these basic premises.”