Dems introducing bill to raise minimum age to buy assault-style weapons

Dems introducing bill to raise minimum age to buy assault-style weapons
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House Democrats are planning to introduce a bill to raise the minimum age required for purchasing assault-style weapons, according to a Politico report.

Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownButtigieg, Klobuchar face uphill battle in pivot to diverse states Rep. Andy Kim to endorse Buttigieg Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements MORE (D-Md.) on Wednesday is expected to introduce the bipartisan legislation, Politico reported. The bill would prevent anyone younger than 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles, though it makes exceptions for some police officers and active-duty military.

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The legislation comes as House Democrats have said that they want to make gun control a priority in the new Congress.

Brown told Politico that he would prefer a complete ban on assault rifles but said he got the idea to increase the minimum age from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE.

Following a mass shooting that left 17 dead at a school in Parkland, Fla., last year, Trump said he supported raising the minimum age to purchase certain firearms to 21.

Brown's legislation to do that is backed by three Republicans: Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (Pa.), Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastHouse lawmakers urge adoption of UN report's recommendations on battling anti-Semitism Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill A new way to address veteran and military suicides MORE (Fla.) and Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingTrump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies Lawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test MORE (N.Y.).

Brown told Politico that he believes the bill would have a chance to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

“I believe that there is a majority in the Senate that would view this as very reasonable to raise the age on assault weapons,” he said.

Fitzpatrick, in a statement to Politico, urged other members of his party to support the bill, which he called a "common-sense measure."

“By raising the age restrictions for military-style semiautomatic weapons, this bipartisan bill provides parity with handgun purchases,” Fitzpatrick said. “While continuing to support Second Amendment rights, this Congress can take meaningful action to protect our children and keep our communities safe.”