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The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has been investigating the role firearm manufacturers play in mass shootings, the committee is looking to hear from several executives soon but more hearings are set to take place beyond that.


As reported by Roanoke-Lynchburg WDBJ-TV:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDBJ) – Federal leaders and gun manufacturers will meet in Washington D.C. for a hearing about the firearms industry’s role in what some call America’s gun violence epidemic.

Leaders who sit on the Committee on Oversight and Reform, including the chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12), will investigate gun manufacturers’ sales and marketing of AR-15-style rifles and similar firearms.

“With more than 300 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, and gun violence now the leading cause of death of children in America, it is clear that we are in a public health epidemic,” said Maloney. “Our hearing will examine the role of gun manufacturers in flooding our communities with weapons of war and fueling America’s gun violence crisis. It is long past time for the gun industry to be held accountable for the carnage they enable and profit from.”

May 26, following the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York, the Committee sent letters to Daniel Defense, LLC, Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., and other manufacturers seeking information on their sale and marketing of AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles and similar firearms, including revenue and profit information, internal data on deaths or injuries caused by firearms they manufacture, and marketing and promotional materials.

Interestingly, there is a bizarre political angle here. Jerry Nadler, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Carolyn Maloney, the chair of the Committee of Oversight and Reform, are actually set to face off in November as a result of the New York Congressional map being redrawn. These two Democrat A-listers have both been pushing gun control recently and only one of them will continue to be in Congress come next year.

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