7 states have raised the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles. Advocates want Congress to force the other 43.

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06-08-2022

Federal legislation on that front would mean raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for buyers of long guns like semi-automatic rifles in the overwhelming majority of states. Raising the age requirement to buy rifles, however, faces long odds against being included in a proposal a bipartisan group of lawmakers is crafting. The Uvalde shooter purchased two semi-automatic rifles at a gun store just days after his 18th birthday. House Democrats, meanwhile, have said it is crucial to raise the minimum purchase age for rifles to 21. The Protecting Our Kids Act, a package of gun bills, would raise the age to 21 to buy semi-automatic rifles.

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