US House panel seeks data on gun marketing and sales after shootings

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee has asked five gunsmiths to provide details on the manufacture, marketing and sale of firearms used in mass shootings , the chair of the committee said on Friday following the recent attacks.

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

“I am deeply concerned that arms manufacturers continue to profit from the sale of weapons of war,” wrote MP Maloney, citing the semi-automatic AR-15 rifles used in the shooting this week at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, 10 days earlier.

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None of the five gunmakers immediately responded to a request for comment on the House panel’s request.

An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at the school on Tuesday. Ten people were killed by a white supremacist in a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood in western New York City on May 14.

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin said separately that his committee would hold a June 15 hearing focused on gun violence and children, noting that government data released this week shows guns are now the main cause of death in young Americans.

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, also found that more children and adolescents in the United States are now being killed by firearms, surpassing any other cause of death, in an analysis based on mortality data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more

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Reporting by Susan Heavey; additional reporting by Diane Bartz and Mike Stone in Washington and Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Tim Ahmann, Jonathan Oatis and Bernard Orr

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