Five Republicans joined nearly every Democrat in the House of Representatives in passing legislation that would prevent people who pose a danger to themselves or others from obtaining a firearm.
The House voted Wednesday on the Federal Extreme Hazard Protection Order Act, which would establish a procedure to allow federal courts to issue extreme hazard protection orders, which prevent people who pose a threat to themselves or others. get a firearm. . Family members or law enforcement officials would be authorized to apply for such an order.
Many states have so-called “red flag laws” to prevent people who pose a danger from obtaining a gun.
The legislation is the second to receive Republican support. On Wednesday night, the same Republicans also voted in favor of the Protection of Our Children Act. But four of the Republicans are also leaving and are planning to retire while only one is running for re-election. Here are the Republican members of Congress who voted in favor of the legislation, which is struggling in the evenly divided Senate.
Fred Upton (Michigan)
Upton is one of the longest-serving Republicans in the House. Upton announced earlier this year that he would retire after serving in Congress since 1987. Upton was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 riot.
“Rights. While I don’t agree with every clause, we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Now is the time to turn thoughts and prayers into action,” he said in a statement.
Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)
The former wide receiver who played first for Ohio State University and then professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, Gonazlez was also one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. The 37-year-old, once considered one of the most promising young Republicans in Congress, shocked many by announcing that he would not run for re-election.
Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania)
Long considered a target by Democrats because it represents one of the most swinging districts in the country, in 2020, the Fitzpatrick district voted for President Joe Biden. After redistricting, your district has a dead partisan leaning. As a result, he frequently votes with Democrats, having joined them in passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill. He is the only Republican who voted in favor of the legislation seeking re-election. On Wednesday, he described why he voted for the Protection of Our Children Act.
“Let me be clear: I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and all the protections it entails,” he said. “I also believe that we have no greater responsibility as leaders, no greater responsibility as human beings, than to protect our children and keep our community safe. These are not and should not be mutually exclusive concepts.”
Adam Kinzinger (Illinois)
Kinzinger is retiring at the end of this term, after redistricting would have put him in a primary against a more Trump-friendly Democrat. A member of the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot, Kinzinger has become one of his own party’s most outspoken critics. Kinzinger noted that the Protecting Our Children Act also includes a provision to ban stockpiles, which codifies a Trump-era executive order banning them.
“This is a solid point. Trump has banned bullish stocks. It would be interesting if some enterprising journalist digs up previous comments on these no votes. Did they become more PRO bump actions? Or is this vote just about politics,” he tweeted ‘America deserves better’
Chris Jacobs (New York)
The first-term Republican shocked many last week when he announced he would not seek re-election. This came after he said he would support a ban on assault weapons after a white supremacist allegedly shot and killed 10 black shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo. When asked what he thought about the fact that an assault weapons ban was likely off the table in Senate negotiations, he said he would vote for one if it passed.
“I think first we have to establish trust between the parties and between urban America and rural America,” he said Wednesday. “And now we don’t have that.”