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 ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race 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 John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ 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 ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks The Hill's Morning Report — No new negotiations as shutdown hits 25 days 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 McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-Ky.) about it this week.