Carlos Curbelo and Pramila Jayapal Intro Bill to Raise Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms
Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) andCongresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)introduced bipartisan legislation last week which would raise the minimum age requirement from 18 to 21 for gun buyers purchasing any firearm -- including shotguns or rifles -- from federally licensed dealers. Currently, the federal minimum age requirement to purchase handguns is 21, while the minimum age requirement for shotguns or rifles is 18. The bill would make exceptions for law enforcement officers, correctional officers, or members of the military, and would not prohibit someone under the age of 21 from possessing a firearm. “This bill is a common-sense proposal that could mitigate some of the violent tragedies being seen in communities like Parkland, without infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Curbelo. “Americans are calling for and deserve meaningful action to ensure public safety. I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort to answer that call.” Jayapal added, “Since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, 7,000 children have lost their lives as a result of gun violence. They have been senselessly robbed of birthdays, futures and their right to grow up. Every day in our communities, people are dying because of this gun epidemic and it’s past time for Congress to act. If this concrete step can prevent even one gun violence tragedy, it will be worth it. Lives are on the line.” Curbelo and Jayapal were joined in introducing the legislation by fellow members Ted Deutch (D-FL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Peter King (R-NY), and Charlie Crist (D-FL). More here.