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H.R. 717: Raise the Age Act

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What should be the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon in the U.S.?

Context and what the bill does

Under current law, one has to be 21 to purchase a handgun, but only 18 to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle. This discrepancy was highlighted when last year’s 19-year-old Parkland, Florida high school shooter legally purchased the semi-automatic weapon he used to carry out the shooting.

Since then, several states increased their semi-automatic age to 21, most notably Florida itself despite being under Republican state government control. (The NRA has sued in court to block the law; the state law is still on the books as the case is pending.)

There is no such national law. The Raise the Age Act [H.R. 717] would increase the minimum ...

Sponsor and status

Anthony Brown

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jan 23, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 23, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 23, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 23, 2019

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H.R. 717 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 717. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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