House Democrats Introducing Bill to Increase Firearm Minimum Purchase Age

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Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal via AP

House Democrats are introducing a bill to increase the minimum purchase age for commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles Wednesday.

The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD).

Politico reports this is Brown’s second time to push such legislation. He pushed it unsuccessfully following the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting.

Brown made clear he would rather have an all-out ban on commonly-owned semiautomatic firearms, but is pushing a purchase ban against 18- to 20-year-olds because he thinks it will actually get a floor vote.

The push to raise minimum purchase age comes as Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) is pushing universal background checks. The universal background check bill will require a gun registry in order to be enforceable.

The House gun control efforts come as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is pushing a ban on 205 commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles. Her ban includes prohibitions against any “assault pistol” that weighs more than 50 ounces, and she seeks a ban on “assault pistol stabilizing braces that transform assault pistols into assault rifles by allowing the shooter to shoulder the weapon and fire more accurately.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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