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Jasmine Cazares places a hand on her father, Javier, to console him while he speaks through tears, testifying in favor of House Bill 2744 to the Community Safety Committee in the state Capitol in Austin on Tuesday. The bill seeks to raise the age required to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.With emotional testimony about their own experiences, parents of children who were killed in the Uvalde school shooting urged a Texas House committee late Tuesday to pass onto the full chamber a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase certain semiautomatic rifles.Families waited more than twelve hours after the House Select Committee on Community Safety first convened at about 9 a.m. to testify about their final memories with some of the nineteen children and two teachers who were killed in the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary and how their lives have changed since.At one point crying, Javier Cazares testified that his daughter Jacklyn Cazares, age nine, never learned to ride a bike, never made it to the fifth grade, and could…

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