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S.2470 - Age 21 Act

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the purchase of certain firearms by individuals under 21 years of age, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe the minimum legal age required to purchase assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should be raised from 18 years to 21 years.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that raising the minimum age necessary to purchase assault weapons is anti-second amendment, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.

The Age 21 Act would raise the minimum age required to purchase assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from 18 to 21.

Under current federal law, an individual is required to be 21 years-old to purchase a handgun, but only 18 years-old to purchase an assault weapon like the AR-15 and AK-47. The Age 21 Act would unify federal firearms law by prohibiting the sale of those assault weapons to individuals under the age of 21.

President Trump has expressed his support for such a legislation that increases the purchase age from 18 to 21. During a press conference, President Trump said to lawmakers in Congress, “Think about it, you can’t buy a handgun until you are 21 right now, but you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting [referring to the Parkland Shooting in February] at 18, I think it’s something you have to think about.”

Second amendment enthusiasts and organizations, such as the Firearms Policy Coalition, oppose the legislation, arguing that the bill discriminates against lawful gun owners and is unconstitutional since it infringes individuals’ gun rights.

“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,” said sponsor of the bill, Senator Flake. “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.”

“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,” said cosponsor of the legislation Senator Feinstein. “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.”


Sponsored by: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 2 Dem.

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