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 BrownDemocrats demand Esper explicitly ban Confederate flag and allow Pride, Native Nations flags Trump tweets key GOP lawmaker has committed to not changing Confederate base names Overnight Defense: Senate passes annual defense policy bill that sparked Trump veto threat | Military has considered two waivers for transgender troops since 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 TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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. Fitzpatrick2020 Global Tiger Day comes with good news, but Congress still has work to do How Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Overnight Energy: House passes major conservation bill, sending to Trump | EPA finalizes rule to speed up review of industry permits MORE (Pa.), Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastMost Black women since 2004 running for office this year Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers House Republicans push back against proxy voting MORE (Fla.) and Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingCheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney On The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to 'improve' House Democrats' coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans 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.”