Lawmakers Signal Raising Age Requirement to Buy Guns Unlikely

With gun violence on the rise in the United States, lawmakers are expected to vote on gun laws in the upcoming weeks. Yesterday, two of the leading GOP Senators involved in gun talks on Capitol Hill signaled that it’s unlikely that Congress will raise the age requirement for purchasing semiautomatic firearms to 21 but, said that they are looking at changing the criminal background check system to access juvenile records before a sale is complete. Republican Tom Tillis of North Carolina said the step could lead to a waiting period of ‘two to three weeks minimally’ for 18 to 20 year old’s purchasing semiautomatic weapons. The full Senate GOP conference is scheduled to meet for lunch today.