Ryan: House taking silencers legislation off schedule

Ryan: House taking silencers legislation off schedule

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). (Bryan Renbaum/TMN file photo)

WASHINGTON– House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said the lower chamber has taken legislation that would make it easier for gun owners to purchase silencers off its immediate agenda.

“That bill is not scheduled now. I don’t know when it’s going to be scheduled,” Ryan said in response to a question at a news conference in which he was accompanied by fellow House GOP leaders.

Ryan said Congress this week will focus on passing the FY 2018 budget resolution so as to enact tax reform legislation.

Ryan’s remarks come just two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

On Sunday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada at least 59 were killed and more than 400 others were injured when a lone gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on a lot adjacent to the hotel.

The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control.

The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) act includes provisions that would amend the statutory definition of silencers so as to ease restrictions as well as eliminate the $200 tax stamp required for purchase.

House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Monday sent a letter to Ryan asking that he pull the bill from the floor.

The House was expected to consider the measure later this week.

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