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 BrownOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief under investigation over Boeing ties | Trump uses visual aids to tout progress against ISIS | Pentagon, Amnesty International spar over civilian drone deaths House Dem vets press McConnell on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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. FitzpatrickThe importance of moderate voters Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (Pa.), Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastLawmakers propose bill to end fed agency's deadly experiments on kittens Eight Republicans side with Dems on background checks for gun sales House passes bill expanding background checks on gun sales MORE (Fla.) and Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingRepublicans defend McCain amid Trump attacks The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes second major gun bill 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.”