Raise the Age gun law is passed in Texas
Relatives of several Uvalde victims broke into sobs and cheers as a Texas House committee passed a new restriction on gun purchases. Also in the news: President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will meet today to discuss raising the debt ceiling. Winston the Frenchie fights for the title in the final of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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Bill passes the Texas board after months of lobbying from the Uvalde families
A bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 has passed a Texas House committee pushing the measure hours ahead of a key deadline.
The steps come after months of advocacy by relatives of the 19 fourth graders and two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on 24 May 2022.
Click on the video below to see how the families react to the vote:
President Biden’s stance on spending cuts was tested at a meeting with McCarthy on the debt ceiling
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The 147th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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