February 20, 2019
In the most recent slew of anti-gun bills introduced in the 2019 legislative session, Congressional Democrats announced their intent to ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to adult citizens under the age of 21.
In a recent Politico report, bill sponsor Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) says this bill not only has the votes to pass the House, but possibly could pass the Republican Senate.1
The bill is H.R. 717, and it would outlaw the sale of semi-automatic firearms nationwide to virtually all law-abiding 18-20 year old adults who are eligible to own and possess them.
Though the bill exempts active duty military personnel, it leaves adults aged 18 to 20 who are eligible to vote, and who could be drafted into military service at any time to fight overseas conflicts, ineligible to buy a firearm.
Even more disturbing, the legislation would make it illegal for a 20 year old single mother to buy any firearm to defend her home and children from a violent burglar, stalker, or rapist.
Under existing law, 18-20 year old adults cannot purchase handguns, but Brown’s bill expands that prohibition to include long guns, including legal shotguns, and legal hunting rifles.
Congressman Anthony Brown may have many reasons to be optimistic about this radical gun control bill.
Not only are the prospects of gun control being passed by the House emboldened by the new Democratic Majority led by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), but this bill also has the backing of three Republican Congressmen.
They are Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Pete King (R-NY).2
“It’s not surprising,” says Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “These three spineless Republicans have been screwing gun owners by sponsoring Pelosi-style gun control for years. For the sake of the Second Amendment, I sure hope the Senate doesn’t follow suit.”
Mr. Brown says National Association for Gun Rights opposes H.R. 717, calling it a “blatant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans.”
1= Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris. Dems to push bill raising minimum age to buy assault-style weapons. Politico. Jan 23, 2019
2= Michael Burke. Dems introducing bill to raise minimum age to buy assault-style weapons. The Hill. Jan 23, 2019