These Republicans Surrendered on Gun Rights Last Night

These Republicans Surrendered on Gun Rights Last Night

After nearly 10 hours of testimony, the U.S. House of Representatives finally voted on its bloated omnibus crammed with tough new gun control legislation Wednesday evening.

Hearings started at 10 a.m. and the votes were recorded at 7:20 p.m.

The Protecting Our Kids Act (H.R. 7910) contains the following provisions per the bill’s official summary:

“This bill makes various changes to federal firearms laws, including to establish new criminal offenses and to expand the types of weapons and devices that are subject to regulation.

Among the changes, the bill

  • generally prohibits the sale or transfer of certain semiautomatic firearms to individuals who are under 21 years of age;
  • establishes new federal criminal offenses for gun trafficking and related conduct;
  • establishes a federal statutory framework to regulate ghost guns (i.e., guns without serial numbers);
  • establishes a framework to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises at the federal, state, and tribal levels;
  • subjects bump stocks to regulation under federal firearms laws; and
  • generally prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, and possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.”

This bill passed the House last night with a final vote of 223 to 204.

The following Republicans broke with their party to vote for the bill:

of Pennsylvania

AFGE leaders and activists gather in Washington, D.C. for the union’s annual Legislative Conference. Photo by Keith Mellnick [Photo Credit: AFGE, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and attorney, has represented a closely divided swing district containing a large portion of suburban Philadelphia since 2017.

The American Conservative Union (ACU) gives Fitzpatrick an abysmal 33.08% conservative “lifetime rating.”

The Cook Political Report rates his seat “Solid Republican.”

of Ohio

President Donald J. Trump is joined by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-OH, as he displays his signature after signing H.R. 1424 – The Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) [Photo Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

Gonzalez played for the Ohio State Buckeyes as a wide receiver. The Indianapolis Colts picked him in the first round of the NFL draft, but his career was cut short by injuries.

The football star-turned-politician first ran for Congress, and won, in 2018. He was reelected in 2020 and won by a landslide in the suburban Cleveland seat both times. After not voting to impeach President Trump in 2019, Gonzalez voted for the second impeachment resolution against the then-president, 12 days before he would leave office.

In retaliation, Trump endorsed former White House aide Max Miller to run against Gonzalez. On September 16, 2021, the embattled congressman announced he would not run for reelection.

While Gonzalez’s prospects for securing a third term were shaky, at best, the seat is significantly more conservative than the nation as a whole. The Cook Political Report rates the race “Solid Republican.”

of New York

NY State Senator Chris Jacobs during Senate Session at the NY State Capitol, Albany NY [Photo Credit: New York Senate Photo, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Jacobs became the first Republican Member of Congress to announce his support for an assault weapons ban following the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas. In the days following the shooting, Jacobs held a press conference where he declared his support for banning so-called assault weapons, high capacity magazines and body armor.

Jacobs announced seven days later that he was no longer seeking reelection, though he claimed the backlash he received following his call for gun control didn’t affect his decision.

The seat is expected to remain in Republican hands.

of Illinois

A Conversation on the Middle East with Congressman Adam Kinzinger [Photo Credit: Hudson Institute, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Elected in the Tea Party tidal wave of 2010, Rep. Adam Kinzinger has a 56.66% conservative “lifetime rating” from the ACU. Kinzinger incurred the wrath of former President Donald Trump relatively early and remains one of his most outspoken center-right critics.

Thanks to Illinois Democrats, Kinzinger’s district was eliminated through an aggressive gerrymander. Recognizing his chances of surviving a GOP primary on unfamiliar ground were slim and frustrated with the current state of politics, Kinzinger decided to forgo reelection.

of Michigan

Fred Upton at Spotlight Health Aspen Ideas Festival 2015 [Photo Credit: Bluerasberry, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Upton has represented Southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo, since 1987. However, he is retiring at the end of his current term.

Upton was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the U.S. Capitol riot and has become the fourth to announce their retirement.

Due to redistricting, Upton faced a challenging primary against Trump-endorsed Rep. Bill Huizenga.

The two Democrats who bucked their party to vote against the bill were Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon.

The package was broken into seven subcategories, including high capacity magazines, restrictions on so-called “ghost guns” and requirements for “safe” storage of firearms.

While a majority of votes were cast along party lines, some sections of the underlying bill divided the House Republican caucus.

Between the hours of 6 and 7 p.m., members also cast separate votes on all seven provisions included in the final package. Here are some of the most notable provisions in the bill, and the Republicans who voted for them, even if they voted against the final passage of the bill.

Restricting Sales and Transfers to Individuals under 21 (Title I):

Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Mike Turner (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.)

Ghost Guns (Title III):

Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Mike Turner (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.)

High Capacity Magazines (Title VI):

Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Fred Upton (Mich.)

After many hours of virtue signaling and political posturing, members cast votes on measures that are almost certain to die in the Senate.

Senators are negotiating their own gun legislation, but there most likely won’t be a package on the floor until the end of the month.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of American Liberty News.

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