H.R. 717: Raise the Age Act


Last updated Feb 1, 2019
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Context and what the bill does
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Under current law, one has to be 21 to purchase a handgun, but only 18 to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle. This discrepancy was highlighted when last year’s 19-year-old Parkland, Florida high school shooter legally purchased the semi-automatic weapon he used to carry out the shooting.
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Since then, several states increased their semi-automatic age to 21, most notably Florida itself despite being under Republican state government control.
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There is no such national law. The Raise the Age Act [H.R. 717] would increase the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle from the current 18 up to 21, nationally.
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It was introduced on January 23 by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD4).
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The bill has 55 bipartisan House cosponsors, comprising 52 Democrats and three Republicans: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA1), Pete King (R-NY2), and Brian Mast (R-FL18).
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While it would likely die in the Republican-controlled Senate, President Trump previously endorsed raising the gun purchasing age to 21 in the immediate aftermath of the Florida massacre.
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He subsequently backtracked upon pressure from the NRA and gun-supporting voters in his base.
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But if Trump was to come full circle and support raising the age once more, that could hypothetically push enough Republican senators to support it. Only four Republican senators would need to cross the aisle.
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https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr717/summary

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My thoughts:
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So the 19 or 20 year old mother whose hubby is out of town earning a living to stay off of welfare doesn't get to protect her home, kids or herself in the best way that she sees fit.
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Or the 17 year old at home watching over his siblings while mom or dad is working or out grocery shopping. Perhaps at 17, 20 even, babysitters are still required, according to the “help save me” government.
 

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