House Democrats are planning to introduce a bill to raise the minimum age required for purchasing assault-style weapons, according to a Politico report.
Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownDem lawmaker: ‘Entirely inappropriate’ for Trump to talk politics during troop visit Overnight Defense: Almost half of border deployment sent home | Trump, Dems dig in as shutdown nears | Flynn associates charged over illegal lobbying Democrats with military background offer support for Pelosi MORE (D-Md.) on Wednesday is expected to introduce the bipartisan legislation, Politico reported. The bill would prevent anyone younger than 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles, though it makes exceptions for some police officers and active duty military.
The legislation comes as House Democrats has said that they want to make gun control a priority in the new Congress.
Brown told Politico that he would prefer a complete ban on assault rifles but said he got the idea to increase the minimum age from President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: ‘Unacceptable’ that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it’s never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE.
Following a mass shooting that left 17 dead at a school in Parkland, Fla., last year, Trump said he supported raising the minimum age to purchase certain firearms to 21.
Brown’s legislation to do that is backed by three Republicans: Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickLatest funding bill to reopen the government fails in House GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House A rare display of real political courage MORE (Pa.), Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastFlorida congressman welcomes his fourth child House Dems make gun control action an early priority 3 combat veterans unite on first day of new Congress: ‘5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American.’ MORE (Fla.) and Peter King (N.Y.).
Brown told Politico that he believes the bill would have a chance to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.
“I believe that there is a majority in the Senate that would view this as very reasonable to raise the age on assault weapons,” he said.
Fitzpatrick, in a statement to Politico, urged other members of his party to support the bill, which he called a “common-sense measure.”
“By raising the age restrictions for military-style semiautomatic weapons, this bipartisan bill provides parity with handgun purchases,” Fitzpatrick said. “While continuing to support Second Amendment rights, this Congress can take meaningful action to protect our children and keep our communities safe.”