Anthony Brown Aims to Raise the Minimum Age to Purchase Assault Style Military Weapons
Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would raise the minimum age to buy assault-style weapons from 18 to 21. The only exceptions would be for active duty military personnel and some police officers. In most states, anyone 18 or older can buy an assault-style weapon, even though the federal purchasing age for handguns is 21. “I’m all about banning assault weapons,” Brown said. But the bill is a step towards some common sense gun legislation. “Where’d I get this idea from? I got it from President Trump,” he said. Last March, the president told a group of lawmakers, live on cable TV, that he supported raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic weapons to 21. The Raise the Age Act, which Brown introduced with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), is unlikely even to be considered in the Senate, much less signed in to law by Trump. “We have not done enough to tackle the epidemic of gun violence Americans experience on our streets, in our movie theatres, and at our schools,” said Brown. “There is bipartisan support in Congress for common-sense laws that deter would-be perpetrators of gun violence from doing harm to our communities. Currently, an 18-year-old who cannot legally purchase a handgun can legally purchase a military-style assault weapon -- that’s a dangerous, outdated loophole in America's gun laws.” The vast majority of states allow young people younger than 21 to purchase semi-automatic weapons. The GOP-dominated state of Florida passed similar legislation, and the NRA is now suing the state over the restriction. More here.