Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – California) is looking to put an outright ban on citizens’ rights to purchase rifles if they are between the ages of 18 and 21.
According to a statement that came out on Friday, Feinstein plans to introduce new legislation that will push the lowest age to purchase a rifle at 21 years old. This reaction comes only days after a 17 Florida high school students lost their lives to a 19-year-old shooter carrying a legally-owned rifle.
The current law allows anyone over 18 years of age to purchase an assault rifle. However, individuals under 21 can not purchase a handgun legally. According to Feinstein, “this policy is dangerous and makes absolutely no sense.”
Feinstein believes that, if an individual is legally unable to purchase a bottle of beer or a handgun because of their age, they should not be able to legally buy an AR-15, either.
Feinstein’s proposal would increase the minimum age of rifle purchases to 21 years of age. This would be in stark contrast to the legal marker of adulthood in other aspects, where the minimum age to participate is 18 years of age.
These activities include getting married, registering to vote, purchasing cigarettes, and entering into the military without a waver signed by a parent.
According to Guns.com:
The proposal would move the threshold age for legal rifle purchases to 21, the bar set for modern pistols and revolvers under the Gun Control Act of 1968. Currently, in the U.S., 18 is seen as the age of adulthood by most factors, including entering the military without a parent’s waiver, registering to vote, buying cigarettes and getting married. Until 1984, it was legal to drink at age 18 in many states, a factor that only changed after legislation was enacted to penalize states who did not voluntarily raise the minimum drinking age to 21 by threatening to carve out federal road funds.
According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13 million Americans aged 18, 19 or 20.
The longtime gun control stalwart who authored the controversial federal assault weapon ban in 1994, Feinstein also wants to reboot that ban and add bump stocks to the list of items regulated out of existence.