The new Democratic majority probably will be able to pass various gun control measures but they face opposition from the Republican-controlled Senate and the White House.
Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including the late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people, the Associated Press reports. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats retake control after eight years of Republican rule. “The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is running for a second stint as House speaker.
Pelosi vowed to push for a range of actions to stem gun violence, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a measure allowing temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others. The measures could win approval in the Democratic-controlled House next year but will face opposition from the Republican-controlled Senate and the White House, where President Trump has promised to “protect the Second Amendment.” Gun control advocates believe they have the political momentum to make guns a central issue next year. The political calculus on guns is changing, said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) whose district includes the Parkland high school where 17 people were killed in February. The Democrats’ new majority includes dozens of candidates who support gun control, including Lucy McBath in Georgia, whose 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012. She made gun violence the centerpiece of her campaign.