HB 2744 would raise the age to purchase a semi-automatic firearm from 18 to 21.
TEXAS, USA – Some Texas officials are hoping HB 2744, better known as the “raising the age” gun bill, doesn’t fall by the wayside.
Around 2.30 pm on Tuesday, Rep. Vikki Goodwin tweeted that 28 Texas House members sent a signed letter to the Calendar Committee requesting the transfer of HB 2744 from the committee to the House floor for debate and a vote.
“Mass shootings and gun violence have become too prevalent in Texas,” Goodwin said. “We ask that #Txlege make this a priority.”
The letter comes after the bill passed the House Select Committee on Community Safety on Monday by an 8 to 5 vote.
HB 2744 is expected to pass the House and full Senate before becoming law.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said in the past that he does not support raising the age for buying guns.
Shooting at the Texas Mall
Guns have been a hot topic in recent days after a gunman shot and killed eight people, including children, at the Allen Premium Outlets mall on Saturday, May 6.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Tuesday that the shooter took eight handguns with him to the mall. Three weapons were found on his person. The other five were found inside his car.
They have all been purchased legally.
The motive for the shooting remains unknown.
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