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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2021 02:02 PM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: Banning the Sale or Possession of Assault Weapons for Individuals Under 21
Too often, we have seen the tragic, deadly consequences that military-style semi-automatic firearms can have in the wrong hands—these include young men like in the case of the shootings in Sandy Hook, Ct, and Parkland, Fl.  These high-powered weapons have an incredible capacity to inflict damage.  As such, it is important that those who decide to possess these weapons have reached a level of maturity, and ideally training, in order to safely own and operate these firearms.
For this reason, I will be introducing legislation to prohibit the sale or possession of assault weapons for individuals under the age of 21.  Consistent with the minimum age to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer, or obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon, raising the minimum age for possession of or purchase of an assault weapon will promote safer, more responsible firearm ownership.  Members of the armed services would be exempt from this law.
Please join me in support of this common sense measure that will help promote public safety and a greater respect for firearms within this Commonwealth.

Introduced as HB717