Another Massacre, Another Repulican Move to Ease Gun Silencer Restrictions

"Mass shootings keep getting in the way of Republicans passing this bill"

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Vox: “As the nation reels over the Las Vegas massacre, which left more than 50 people dead in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, House Republicans are poised to pass legislation that would make it easier to buy gun silencers, which gun control advocates say could make mass shootings even deadlier.”

“Already one act of domestic terrorism has postponed this legislative push. Republicans had originally planned to move forward on this bill months ago — but had to cancel the June 14 committee hearing because of the Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that critically wounded Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). Scalise returned to work last Friday, just 48 hours before the Las Vegas shooting.”

“Republican leadership hasn’t scheduled the vote yet — and may not for a while in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting — but when it does come to the floor, the bill is expected to pass.”

“Currently, purchasing a silencer can take up to nine months — a similar wait time as buying machine guns or explosives — and requires fingerprints and a photograph, which are kept as federal law enforcement records.”

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