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U.S. House panel asks gunmakers to testify amid mass shootings

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Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from Recent York and chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, speaks during a hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Oct. 28, 2021.

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The U.S. House Oversight Committee has asked the chief executives of three gunmakers to testify on July 20 as a part of its investigation into the firearms industry following a wave of high-profile mass shootings, the panel said on Thursday.

The panel called on the CEOs of Smith & Wesson Brands, Sturm, Ruger & Co., in addition to privately held Daniel Defense to look, in line with letters sent to the businesses released by the panel.

“I’m deeply troubled that gun manufacturers proceed to take advantage of the sale of weapons of war, including AR-15-style assault rifles,” committee chairwoman Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Recent York Democrat, wrote.

“Products sold by your organization have been used for many years to perform homicides and even mass murders, yet your organization has continued to market assault weapons to civilians.”

Representatives for the gunmakers didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment. Lawmakers gave the CEOs until Friday to reply to the committee.

The panel cited Monday’s mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, where a gunman allegedly killed at the very least seven people and wounded dozens of others with a high-powered rifle.

Over 200 mass shootings this 12 months

Last month, the panel heard from victims and relatives of recent mass shootings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a food market in Buffalo, Recent York.

Lawmakers are grappling with a recent spate of deadly attacks across the USA, which has seen greater than 200 mass shootings just this 12 months.

A modest bipartisan package of gun reforms was signed into law in late June while the U.S. Supreme Court individually expanded gun owners’ rights. Some U.S. states have individually moved to act on guns following the highest court’s ruling.

The July 20 hearing will look into gun sales and marketing “and the broad civil immunity that has been granted to manufacturers,” wrote Maloney.

“Your testimony is crucial to know why your organization continues to sell and market these weapons to civilians, what steps your organization plans to take to guard the general public, and what additional reforms are needed to stop further deaths out of your products,” Maloney wrote within the letters to the CEOs of gunmakers.

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