Gun hearing cancelled on Capitol Hill after ball field shooting
By Christen Smith
First responders on the scene following a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 14. The Republican House majority whip Steve Scalise and at least four others have been shot at a congressional baseball game practice session, according to media reports. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Press Photo Agency)
Lawmakers cancelled a hearing scheduled Wednesday to debate an extensive gun bill in the wake of the ball field shooting in Alexandria, Virginia earlier that same morning.
House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee spokesperson Molly Block told CNN of the decision in the hours after an attack that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others wounded.
The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act included 18 provisions involving shooting sports and other outdoor recreational activities, some of which eased regulations on silencers and armor-piercing ammunition.
It’s prime sponsor, South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan, was at the Simpson baseball field in Alexandria when shots rang out around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday.
According to multiple reports, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois, armed with a rifle and a handgun, began firing on more than two dozen congressional Republicans and staffers that were practicing at the field in preparation for a charity baseball game scheduled Thursday. A security detail accompanied Scalise