Trump Considering Raising the Minimum Age to Purchase Certain Firearms

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According to the White House, President Donald Trump has suggested that he is open to the idea of raising the minimum age requirements associated with specific firearms. This comes in the wake of the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, and where the gunman was only 19-years-old.

A White House source, according to a report by Fox News, expressed that Trump is open to a range of possible measures designed to address mass shootings, including raising the minimum age at which a person can own specific firearms.

Currently, based on federal law, firearms dealers can only sell handguns to individuals who are at least 21 years old, but long guns, including AR-15s, can be purchased by people as young as 18.

Some states already have stricter age-related requirements in place, but many use the federal law as their guidelines. At this point, it is unclear whether Trump would advocate for a change in the federal law or would encourage states to make their own adjustments.

Trump is said to be considering whether the minimum age for buying semiautomatic weapons, such as the one used during the recent shooting at a Florida high school, should be raised to 21.

An additional report by Axios said that Trump has been speaking with his associates, saying that he “doesn’t think high school kids should be able to buy guns.”

During the White House briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a question about raising the age requirement for the purchase of AR-15s, saying, “I think that’s certainly something that’s on the table for us to discuss, and that we expect to come up over the next couple of weeks.”

“I know there are currently laws in place in certain states that restrict that,” she added. “In terms of whether or not we make that federal policy, that hasn’t yet been determined.”

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has yet to comment on the possible change publicly. The organization had supported Trump during the 2016 election, who had expressed his support of the Second Amendment and that he was against gun control measures that wouldn’t stop incidents tragic incidents from occurring.

However, Trump has recently been more open to possible gun control changes, including directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create new regulations that would ban certain firearm modifiers that “turn legal weapons into machineguns,” like the “bump stock” used during the massacre in Las Vegas.

Sanders asserted that the White House has not “closed the door on any front” in regards to potential gun control regulations that could put an end to mass shootings, and Trump has openly expressed an interest in improving the federal background check system.