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 ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote 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 TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 ManchinJoe ManchinManchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Enhanced infrastructure plan is the best way to go 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 McConnellHouse passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome Pelosi vows to avert government shutdown McConnell calls Trump a 'fading brand' in Woodward-Costa book MORE (R-Ky.) about it this week.