House blocks effort to force vote on gun legislation

A selection of AK and AR rifles are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in ParkerThe Republican-run House of Representatives on Thursday blocked a Democratic effort to consider bipartisan gun control legislation in the wake of repeated, highly publicized mass shootings in the United States. Voting along party lines by 242 to 173, the House blocked the effort by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to bring to the floor a bill that would allow the government to ban suspected terrorists from legally purchasing guns. “It is shocking to the American people that Congress refuses to keep guns out of the hands of those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list,” Pelosi said, arguing for consideration of the bill by Representative Peter King, a Republican, and co-sponsored by many Democrats.

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