Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) partnered with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Wednesday to push more gun control for “assault weapon” sales in America.
The two senators are sponsoring a bill that would make 21 the minimum age to purchase an AR-15, AK-47, or related rifle.
Flake explained the proposed gun control:
If the law says someone under the age of 21 is too young to purchase a handgun, than it ought to say they’re too young to purchase an assault weapon. This bipartisan fix is long overdue, and would’ve made as much sense before the tragedy in Parkland as it does after. I hope we can work together to get this passed and signed into law without delay.
Feinstein echoed him:
Under current law, licensed gun dealers cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21, but they are allowed to sell assault rifles like the AR-15 to anyone over 18. This policy is dangerous and makes absolutely no sense. If you can’t buy a beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy a weapon of war. While we need to do much more to reform our gun laws, ensuring teenagers can’t legally buy weapons of war is a commonsense step forward.
Flake and Feinstein’s bill is in response to the fact that the Florida school shooter legally purchased his rifle at age 18, the same age at which our country outfits young men with fully automatic weapons and sends them off to war.
This gun control push is addition to Feinstein’s other legislative push for an all-out ban “assault weapons,” Sen Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) push for new regulations on gun shows and private gun sales, Rep. Ted Deutch’s (D-FL) push to ban bump stocks, Rep. Brian Mast’s (R-FL) push for Trump to issue an immediate, temporary ban on the sale of AR-15s, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) call to ban “massacre machine gun magazines.”
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