GOP senator 'skeptical' about raising age requirement for certain gun purchases

GOP senator 'skeptical' about raising age requirement for certain gun purchases
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Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (R-Pa.) on Sunday said he is “skeptical” of raising the minimum age requirement to purchase weapons like the AR-15.

“I’m very skeptical about that because the vast majority of 18-, 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds are law-abiding citizens who aren’t a threat to anyone,” Toomey told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“So I’m skeptical about that. I’m willing to hear the other side on this, but I’m skeptical.”

Toomey’s comments come amid the reignited gun debate in the United States after 17 people were killed in a South Florida school shooting earlier this month.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE last week called for increased background checks and said he supports raising the minimum age requirement for purchasing long guns like the AR-15 to 21. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect in the Florida shooting, allegedly used a legally purchased AR-15 in the attack, placing the rife in the center of the current debate. 

Toomey during his Sunday morning interview admitted he does not know if legislation he put forward with Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinCoal miners' union to endorse Manchin Washington VIPs gather to celebrate Mark Penn's new book Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps MORE (W.Va.) to expand background checks by requiring them for commercial sales has the 60 votes to pass the upper chamber. 

The Pennsylvania senator also said he has not yet received any promise that the legislation will get a vote, but he plans to speak with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump GOP senator threatened to hold up bill over provision to honor late political rival: report Paul: Shutting down government not my goal MORE (R-Ky.) about it this week.