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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A man sells a Daniel Defense rifle at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), April 27, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives oversight panel asked five gunmakers for details about the manufacture, marketing, and sale of mass shooting firearms. This was in response to recent terrorist attacks.

House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney requested the data in letters sent Thursday to Daniel Defense, Bushmaster, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson Brands Inc and Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc, she said in a statement.

Congresswoman Maloney expressed concern about gun makers continuing to make money from weapons of war sales. She cited the AR-15 semiautomatic rifles that were used in the shootings at Uvalde Elementary School in Texas and Buffalo Grocery Store in New York 10 days prior.

Representatives of five gunmakers were not available for comment immediately.

The school was attacked by an 18-year-old gunman who killed two teachers and 19 students. On May 14, a white supremacist attacked the supermarket, which is located in an predominantly Black neighbourhood in New York City.

A majority of Americans are in support of strong or moderate regulation of gun ownership. But, polls show that some lawmakers don’t believe any legislation should be supported.

After the most horrific school shooting in about a decade and the death of dozens more, gun safety advocates want Democratic President Joe Biden (Democratic Party) to step up to the plate to end gun violence. However, the White House insists that Congress should pass stronger laws.