In response to recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, the U.S. House of Representatives passed gun control legislation Wednesday on a mostly party-line 223-204 vote. Five Republicans broke ranks and supported the bill while two Democrats voted no.
Among the new provisions was setting an age limit of 21 to buy so-called "assault rifles" -- semi-automatic weapons. Both the Uvalde and Buffalo shooters were under 21 and obtained their weapons legally.
The bill also prohibits sale of magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds. It imposes penalties for gun owners who do not properly store their weapon if it is subsequently used by a minor to attempt or commit suicide or wound or kill someone else.
The bill will most likely fail in the U.S. Senate.
But we want to know what you think. Are the House restrictions reasonable? Or are does the legislation go too far?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, June 15. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.