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Rep. Frankel Statement on House Passage of Protecting Our Kids Act

West Palm Beach, FL – Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) released the following statement after she voted to pass the Protecting Our Kids Act to address the rampant gun violence across America.

“Guns are the number one killer of children in America—more than car accidents or cancer—it’s horrendous but preventable,” said Rep. Frankel. “No parent should fear for their child’s life when their child goes to school, the grocery store, their church, a movie theater, or anywhere else they are supposed to be safe. This legislation enacts sensible policies to keep our children away from the deadly fire of gun violence. House Democrats answered the call of the American people to protect our children and families, now it’s up to the Senate to do the same.”

The Protecting Our Kids Act will reduce gun violence by:

  • Raising the purchasing age for semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 years old.
  • Cracking down on gun trafficking and pass-through purchases to get illegal guns off our streets.
  • Subjecting ghost gun purchases to background check requirements.
  • Strengthening safe storage requirements to protect children from accidental shootings.
  • Closing the bump stock loophole to ban these deadly tools from civilian use.
  • Outlawing high-capacity magazines, which are designed for killing en masse and have been the accessory of choice in the bloodiest mass shootings.
  • Requiring an annual report of demographic data of those being determined to be ineligible to purchase guns.

The bill passed by a vote of 223-204. It now heads to the Senate for their approval.