Representative Jim Jordan on Thursday accused House Democrats of engaging in political theater by pushing a series of gun control bills that have no hope of becoming law.
During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the legislation, Mr. Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, said Democrats aren’t serious about finding bipartisan solutions to curb mass shootings.
“Democrats rushed to a markup today in what looks more like political theater than any real attempt to improve public safety or find solutions,” Jordan said. “Democrats have never contacted us to seek our opinion on the legislation we are considering here today.”
The remarks came during a heated hearing on a package of bills drafted by Democratic congressional leaders in response to last month’s school shooting in Texas that left 19 children and two adults dead.
Pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the bills seek to raise the age at which a semi-automatic rifle can be purchased from 18 to 21. They would also ban the sale and manufacture of weapon magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
In addition to outright gun purchases, the legislation would require gun owners to register bump stocks, devices attached to semi-automatic rifles to allow bullets to be fired more quickly, and prohibit the sale, manufacture and possession of new ones for civilian use.
Mr. Jordan argued that the bills amounted to little more than a publicity stunt, as they had no hope of passing through the equally divided Senate.
“It’s not a real attempt, in my opinion, to find solutions,” Mr Jordan said. “What was [debating today] is designed to appeal to Democratic primary voters.