re \ come back. Greg Stube (R-Fla.) criticized fellow House Judiciary Committee members Thursday after a fellow Democrat noticed his exposure to firearms during a gun control hearing.
Steube who was participating in the hearing via video call from his home, Flashes three guns and multiple large-capacity magazinesclaiming that legislation pushed by Democrats would ban gun ownership — including the one that Stube said he carried every day.
“This is a 12-round magazine. This magazine would be banned under this current law,” Stobe said as he tried to insert different magazines into the three rifles.
“This gun was made for a 20-round and 21-round magazine. This gun would be banned by this law. Here’s a SIG Sauer 320, taking a 20-round magazine… This is a 12-round magazine that will be banned. It doesn’t fit.
While speaking, Steube nearly dropped one of the magazines while trying to insert it into one of the rifles.
“This is a gun I carry every day to protect myself, my family, my wife and my home,” continued the Republican from Florida. “This is an XL Sig Sauer P365. It comes with a 15-round magazine. Here’s a seven-round magazine, which would be less than what would be legal under this if this became law.”
“I hope the gun won’t be loaded,” the deputy said. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) intervened.
“I’m in my house. I can do whatever I want with my guns,” Stoep replied to his colleague.
The committee later approved party-style legislation that would raise the legal age for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, and would also ban the manufacture or possession of large-capacity magazines.
However, like most gun control legislation, the bill is expected to fail in the evenly divided Senate.
Two other bills that would expand background checks on potential gun buyers, are stalled in the Senate and won’t get the 60 votes necessary to move forward.
Thursday’s hearing took place before President Biden delivered a stern speech in prime time in response to the recent wave of mass shootings across the country and urged Congress to take action.
“I respect the culture, the traditions, and the concerns of legitimate gun owners,” Biden said in a 17-minute speech. “At the same time, the Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute.”
“We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Biden emphasized. “And if we can’t ban assault weapons, we should raise the age of purchase from 18 to 21.”
The president then criticized Senate Republicans for preventing them from discussing the proposals, calling their actions “unreasonable.”
“You can never fail the American people again,” he added.
Biden also pledged to meet with congressional leaders to discuss potential arms reform in the coming weeks.