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 TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip 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 ManchinOvernight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee in tie vote 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 McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) about it this week.