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Republican Supports Moving Purchase Age To 21

Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday he is working with Dianne Feinstein on a measure to increase the threshold age for rifle purchases from 18 to 21.

Flake, a Republican retiring from Congress after his current term, said he was joining with the California Democrat to craft a bipartisan bill to raise the age for “non-military buyers” to purchase rifles to 21, the same age currently required for handguns.

“A kid too young [to] buy a handgun should be too young to buy an #AR15,” tweeted Flake, who in the past has received both high ratings from and the endorsement of national gun rights groups.

The announcement comes as part of the larger gun politics fireworks show surrounding a mass shooting last week in Parkland, Florida in which a 19-year old with a legally purchased AR-15 killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highs School. While individuals can buy longarms such as shotguns and rifles at age 18, explosives, handguns, and NFA items such as suppressors are restricted to those aged 21 years and older.

According to recent census figures, an effort to bar rifle sales to those between the ages of 18 and 21 could affect as many as 13 million individuals. According to the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report, in 2016, the most recent on record, of the 11.5 million firearms produced by American gun manufacturers, 4.2 million were rifles.

While a measure has not been filed yet, it could receive support from some in the GOP besides Flake. At a CNN town hall event Wednesday featuring survivors of the Parkland shooting, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told the crowd, “I absolutely believe that in this country, if you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle and I will support a law that takes that right away.”

President Trump has also reportedly signaled an openness to raise the minimum age for rifle sales.

source: guns.com

22 Comments

  • Taz

    Flake is a flake and should move to Mexifornia ASAP. He has been joined by Rubio in calling for moving the age to 21 for rifle purchases. Both are rinos and should just admit that they are democrats in disguise.

    At the age of 18 you are considered an adult, you can vote, go to war, get married without parental consent, and a whole litany of other rights and responsibilities. Yet somehow you aren’t able to control your actions when in possession of a rifle. I was given my first rifle at the age of 10 and my first shotgun at 12. I was also taught by my father to respect as well as how to use both. While my father never bought a pistol for me he made sure that I knew how to use one. The guns were never locked up to keep us from using them because they were for home defense as well as hunting. Neither me nor my brother ever used any of the guns for anything other than their intended purpose because we were taught by a father and mother who lived together at home with us. They didn’t delegate their responsibility to raise us to dysfunctional education and government systems.

    The problem with the apparent lack of restraint can be traced to the lack of parenting from absent parents. The liberals have destroyed the nuclear family an until such time as it is restored to its natural status these societal problems will continue to grow until our republic collapses.

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    • Larry5469

      I could not even envision anyone contradicting your words because they are SPOT ON!!

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    • Old Pioneer

      EXACTLY!!! Just as laid out in the Sal Alinsky plan to destroy the United States Of America!!!

      1. Healthcare – Control Healthcare and you control the people.

      2. Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor
      people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing
      everything for them to live.

      3. Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level, that way you
      are able to increase taxes and this will produce more Poverty.

      4. Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend their self from the
      Government, that way you are able to create a Police State.

      5. Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their life’s (Food,
      Housing, and Income).

      6. Education – Media Take control of what the people read and listen
      too – take control of what the children learn in school. There use to be a
      saying on the news station that said “We don’t tell you what to think, just
      what to think about”.

      7. Religions—Remove the belief in a God, in Government and schools.

      8. Class Warfare– Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor,
      this will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy
      with the support of the poor.

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      • Christiann

        We MUST HAVE TO fight back against the evil the liberal communist demoncrats perpetrate against America!! They must be bound, gagged & committed to insane asylums!

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      • Christikido

        Amen! Every follower of Uncle Saul needs to be removed from our Government and if they persist in being a problem move them to one of the 51 Muslim Utopias in the Middle East! Since Saul Alinski and Sharia seem to be well suited at Tyranny!

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        • Old Pioneer

          We have plenty of room in Guantanamo to give them a bed for life and I think we need to do that with Obama there for company….

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          • Christikido

            Maybe that’s why the Democrats insisted on turning it into a Tropical 5 star Resort, just in case their Coup didn’t work? Then Obama made nice with the Castro Family and removed those pesky Sanctions, meant to keep Marxism out, so Democrats can quickly find sanctuary in Cuba! These people are utterly wicked and would Murder their own at even the thought of betrayal! This is the Clinton Crime Syndicate that runs our Shadow Government and Murders anyone that opposes them! I wonder how many SCOTUS Judges have received threats over the Public Sector Union case just heard by the Un-Supreme Court. If they will threaten a sitting President and send pictures of Grandchildren, to AG Jeff Sessions, what can’t they get away with? Any other American as proven by precedent, would have a midnight raid of Federal Storm troopers bashing in their doors and holding their family at gun point, at 3am! If Congress and Trump do not find Justice unafraid to face the Shadow Government, soon the country will rise up and find Justice for ourselves! The VA, IRS, FBI, DOJ, DOD and NSA have proven they no longer answer to the Constitution, or the Will of the People, but have chosen to side with the Globalist Elites hell bent on destroying the USA! Thanks!

    • Christikido

      Amen Taz! I and most of my family were raised the same way and when we moved to Indiana, from Calipornia in the early 70’s, we were surprised that children in Indiana were allowed to bring their hunting rifles to school, so they could hunt after! No Teacher I knew ever had an issue, except maybe an occasional boy forgetting to turn his ammunition in to the Teacher before class. Considering the Regressive mentality in California already considering guns as killers, not people my brothers and I were in shock! But as I said we quickly got on board and even brought ours, to join other boys after school, never even heard of an issue, as it was treated as normal! It’s the Regressive’s that make this an issue of Guns, rather than a lack of personal moral clarity, due to their failed policies and undermining the American Family with intrusive Social engineering!

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  • Joseph Morgan

    DON’T DO IT! IF AT THE AGE OF 18 YOU CAN SERVE IN THE MILITARY THEN YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A RIFLE. JUST ANOTHER WAY THE DEMO-NAZIES WANT TO TAKE OUR DEFENSES AGAINST A TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT DICTATOR TAKE OVER.

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    • George Reed

      Back you 100% also move up the driving age to 21 less crashes and deaths, lets make 21 the magic number for voting in America.

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      • Christiann

        Since I turned 18 I have ALWAYS voted Conservative! I’m 63 now and still vote conservative!! If you love Jesus Christ you will vote conservative!!

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  • dan

    Then raise draft age to 21 along with right to vote! I joined the Marines at 17 with Mother’s approval. Had hunting rifles and shotguns at 13 years old and never thought about killing a person until Marines taught me to. Had prayer everyday in school and at football, basketball and baseball games with our coaches.

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    • Christiann

      Need to institute draft to teach the stupid millennials how to be Patriot Americans then they can go to college.

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      • Christikido

        Why??? Do you really think the Regressive’s will allow their children to be Drafted? Wasn’t working so well in Korea and Viet Nam, they made sure the Draft only got the Poor, Minorities and Conservative Patriots! Thus why my Parents and their Generation demanded it be ended!

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  • Old Pioneer

    Jeff Flake is NOT a true Republican but actually a RINO, liar, and a true FLAKE in the true meaning of the word!!!! When our sons and daughters can enlist and handle firearms as young as 18, there is absolutely no reason the age for buying a firearm should be increased to 21!!!! Just more Liberal, Communist, Socialist, Globalist Bull Sh-t Sponsored financially by George Soros who should be arrested for Sedition as well as Treason and sentenced to Life along with his entire family in Guantanamo!!! Hungry and Czechoslovakia with now Austria blocking their assets and entry to the countries!!! Haven’t we heard enough of this Balderdash & BULL SH-T from these IDIOTS????? Sounds like these FOOLS have been reading and following the plans of the Sal Alinsky plan to ruin the USA as we know it!!!

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  • GoldenGirl2u

    Absolutely not, I agree with others if you can go into the Military you should be able to purchase a rifle. There are other measures that need to be met first like mental stability. In the Fla. shooting there were a lot of missed opportunities and if the FBI or Sheriffs offices failed they need to be held accountable. The Dems and others are just doing the typical rush in and take or stop gun sales. We have a major problem with government being responsible and just keep heaping laws on law abiding citizens while other laws are broken even by officials and no one is held accountable. The left and Dems are ripping this nation apart and it needs to stop.

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  • rottenrollin

    You can die for your country in the military at age 18……..

    And these anti-Constitutionalists
    are going to take away your right to buy a weapon?????

    God Save Our Republic.

    And make the politicians start treating causes rather than symptoms.

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  • Joseph Morgan

    THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO MOVE THE AGE TO 21 TO BE IN THE SERVICE, A MOVE LIKE THIS WOULD DESTROY ALL THE ROTC AND OTHER SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS AND TAKE GOOD TRAINING AWAY FROM MEN AND WOMEN. AND IF YOU CAN NOT TEACH SOMEONE AT A YOUNG AGE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TRUTH AND ACTIONS THAT GOES FOR ALL PARTS OF LIFE NOT JUST SHOOTING.

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  • rjdmanfredi

    Learn how to lock school doors after students enter . If multiple starting times , open,lock; open lock, etc . Lock class room doors , If old wood panel doors , reinforce with a four foot by eight foot sheet of three-quarter inch plywood cut to size . If no locks ,or one lock , add two hefty size ( about $ !0.00 to $20.00 ) barrel bolt ( lock slides left to right )locks to the door .All out would be an additional one at the top , and another at the bottom of the door .
    This problem has zero to do with guns . Nobody wants to take on the crazy lobby of manic depressives ,bi-polars , schizophrenics , Asperger’s, and others whose balance is off from drug use ; it is easier to blame evil guns .
    If they are too stupid to handle a firearm , they are too stupid to vote , too stupid to serve in the military , and too stupid to get married .

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  • Rodney Steward

    If these young men can’t buy a weapon at 18, then they’re to young for the military, and think, the average age of death in the Nam war was 18 years of age!!And Flake the never Trumper can kiss America’s a$$ !!

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  • StrategyWarrior

    They just don’t think rationally. Why not move the age for receiving a driver’s license to 26, in order to keep those under that age from killing or maiming literally hundreds, if not thousands, of others every year? Get real and get focused on preserving our 2nd Amendment rights, while seeking a real solution for treating the mentally ill.

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