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H.R.5088 - No More Atrocities with Guns Act

House of Representatives Rep Sheila Jackson Lee speaking at a congressional event.

To prohibit the transfer of a semiautomatic assault weapon to a person under 21 years of age, and to prohibit the possession or ownership of a semiautomatic assault weapon by such a person, with exceptions for active duty military personnel and full-time law enforcement employees.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe that the age to buy a semi-automatic weapon, such as the AR-15, should be raised from 18 to 21, except if you are a law enforcement officer or an active-duty member of the Armed Forces.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that raising the age on semi-automatic weapons would only punish law abiding gun owners between the ages of 18 to 21 while infringing their 2nd amendment rights.

The No More Atrocities with Guns Act would raise the age from 18 to 21 to purchase or possess semi-automatic weapons, such as the AR-15. Specifically, it would amend the federal criminal code to prohibit several measures with respect to semiautomatic weapons for individuals under 21.

The legislation would prohibit:
- the possession or ownership of such a weapon by an individual under the age of 21;
- the transfer by a private party to an individual under 21 years old; and
- the sale or delivery by a license gun dealer, importer, manufacturer, or collector to an individual who the licensee knows, or has reason to believe, that is under 21 years old.

The bill exempts individuals under 21 who are a law enforcement officer or an active-duty member of the Armed Forces.

“An episode of mass violence has once again visited one of our communities. Once again, the venue is an American school, and there are multiple fatalities at the hands of a disturbed teenager. Once again, the weapon of choice is a firearm better suited for a theater of war, rather than a classroom. Once again, our debate centers on how we may prevent such tragedies in the future. As the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, I offer a modest solution: limiting those who may purchase weapons of war,” said sponsor of the bill Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in a “dear colleague” letter she wrote to other Congress members.

“Under federal law, an individual younger than 21 years old may not purchase a handgun but is permitted to buy an assault weapon, like the kind used in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month, killing 17 innocent people, and adding to the tally of Americans killed at the hands of assault weapons,” continued Rep. Jackson Lee. “The longer the Congress is paralyzed by inaction, the greater the risk that this episode will repeat itself in another American community. It should not be more difficult to rent a car or buy cigarettes than it is to buy an assault rifle.”

According to, a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit research group which tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy, two distinct organizations have registered to lobby this bill. These are the Giffords Law Center, an advocacy group against gun violence, and the National Rifle Association (NRA), a non profit organization advocating gun rights.


Sponsored by: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 1 Dem.

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