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H.R. 5716: SAFER Voter Act

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If they can vote and serve in the military, should they also be able to legally purchase a handgun?


The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 raised the minimum age for purchasing a handgun or pistol from a licensed dealer to 21. In a level of bipartisanship unimaginable today, it passed the House 372–23 and the Senate 72–4.

However, under current federal law, a shotgun or rifle can still be purchased from a licensed dealer starting at age 18. This means that under federal law, an 18-, 19-, or 20-year-old can legally purchase a shotgun or rifle from a licensed dealer, but not a handgun — even though a handgun is a common weapon used for self-defense in the home.

A few states have remedied ...

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Thomas Massie

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Jan 30, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 30, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 30, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Jan 30, 2020

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