On the last day to move regulation out of the panel, two Republicans favored their Democratic counterparts to extend the gun-related bill to the House floor.
The Community Safety, Select Committee passed House Bill 2744 with an 8-5 vote.
It has a minimal possibility in the full House and could never have impacted the Allen shooter getting a firearm. But as Democrats and activists lobby for tougher gun laws, it was a surprising moment.
Two days after 8 people were killed and others harmed by a shooter at an Allen Premium Outlets, Democrat lawmakers didn’t hold back in pointing fingers at Republicans.
"I’m sorry. You can take your thoughts and prayers and put them… you know where to tell them to put them," said State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio).
Two Republicans, Rep. Sam Harless from Spring and Rep. Justin Holland from Rockwall, joined the committee's Democrats in voting for the bill.
HB 2744 would raise the age from 18 to 21 to possess "a semiautomatic rifle that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine, and that has a caliber greater than .22."
The bill contains exceptional cases if the individual is a peace officer, an individual from the U.S. military, or has been respectably released from the U.S. military.
The Allen mass shooting is the most recent in a rundown of seemingly a month-to-month event in the U.S.
Monday, while giving a line security update in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott took one inquiry concerning the shooting.
"I believe in the coming days, the public will be better informed about why and how this happened," he said. "That will inform us as Texas leaders about the next steps to take to try and prevent crimes from happening in the future."
But the governor did not address any gun law legislation.
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