American lawmakers demand explanations from gun manufacturers — Analysis

The House Oversight Committee chairman said companies must explain why they sell guns to “mass murderers”

American lawmakers say they will continue to investigate firearm sales practices. They also plan on summoning gun manufacturers in front of the US Congress, following a spate of shooting deaths.

A few days following the Uvalde massacre, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began an investigation into five major manufacturers of semiautomatic weapons that were used in both shootings. The Committee held its hearing Wednesday and announced the initial findings.

“We need transparency into how guns are reaching the hands of criminals, which is why this Committee has been working to identify the gun dealers that are selling the most guns used in crimes, including across state lines,” Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said.

On May 27, the Committee requested Daniel Defense, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson Brands, and Sturm, Ruger & Company to provide data on the production, marketing and sales of “firearms used in mass shootings.”

Maloney stated Wednesday that the information received was “very troubling.”She continued: “I also intend to hold a second hearing to hear directly from the gun industry, so they can explain to the American people why they continue to sell the weapons of choice for mass murderers.”

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A sale of AR-15-style assault guns was thought to be particularly alarming because a teenager used the rifle last month in an attack on a Uvalde high school, killing two teachers and 19 students. This tragedy happened ten days following the murder of 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket.

The Protecting Our Kids Act (Democrat-controlled House) was approved Wednesday. It would increase the legal age of purchasing semi-automatic guns from 18-21 years to 21-years-old, and other gun control measures.

However, the Senate is unlikely to approve the bill due to the opposition of Republicans, who claim the bill will target law-abiding gun owner.

“Knee-jerk reactions to impose gun control policies that seek to curtail our constitutional right to bear arms are not the answer,”During Wednesday’s hearing, Congressman James Comer spoke.

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