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 BrownDivided Dems look to regroup Overnight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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. FitzpatrickHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination MORE (Pa.), Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastGOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition Conserving tiny forage fish, the heroes of our shared ocean ecosystem Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE (Fla.) and Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Tax Foundation: Bill to roll back SALT deduction cap would cost 3B 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.”