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house Bill H.R. 717

Raising the Age Limit to Buy Semi-Automatic Rifles From 18 to 21

Argument in favor

No teenager should be able to buy an assault rifle. Handgun purchases are banned until an individual reaches 21 years old, and that should be true for semi-automatic rifles as well. This will reduce gun violence.

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07/02/2019
How about we ban the sale of military style weapons to civilians.
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Anders's Opinion
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07/02/2019
Or better yet, actual gun laws and restrictions like all other civilized countries
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07/02/2019
Actually I’d prefer to see them banned or a minimum age of 25 but this is one step.
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Argument opposed

The age when the law recognizes a person as an adult who can vote or serve in the military is 18. Adults should be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights and buy a semi-automatic rifle for their self defense.

David's Opinion
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07/02/2019
Shall not be infringed. Edit: Some people are saying they’re military style, excuse me what? You take a semi-auto into battle as your weapon of choice and you don’t stand a chance.
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07/02/2019
100% oppose. Clubs hammers and feet all are used more than rifles per year to kill others’ so how does age or guns have anything to do with this?
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Garland's Opinion
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07/02/2019
Limiting the rights for the lawful won’t prevent or reduct crime. 18 to 20 year olds do not present a larger threat so why do we need this restriction?
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 23rd, 2019
    How about we ban the sale of military style weapons to civilians.
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    Shall not be infringed. Edit: Some people are saying they’re military style, excuse me what? You take a semi-auto into battle as your weapon of choice and you don’t stand a chance.
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    Or better yet, actual gun laws and restrictions like all other civilized countries
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    Actually I’d prefer to see them banned or a minimum age of 25 but this is one step.
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    Currently we have woefully misinterpreted the 2nd Amendment, we need to bring it back in line with the Founders intent.
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    100% oppose. Clubs hammers and feet all are used more than rifles per year to kill others’ so how does age or guns have anything to do with this?
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    Limiting the rights for the lawful won’t prevent or reduct crime. 18 to 20 year olds do not present a larger threat so why do we need this restriction?
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    There is no excuse to put weapons of war into adolescent hands. Their brains aren't even finished growing. They have poor impulse control. Stop letting the NRA gun manufacturing lobby control our policy.
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    No. If you can serve, you can shoot.
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    If we really care about gun violence, especially in schools, then it seems that we should raise the minimum age for ALL firearms until at least 21. You can't rent a car until you're 25, so maybe that would be a better age to indicate maturity. I mean, really, what young person really needs a semi-automatic rifle other than a soldier on the battlefield?
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    That lawmakers wish to limit the second amendment is the EXACT reason it was written. It’s disgusting that partisan politics have overridden the constitution.
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    NOT INFRINGED
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    Age is not the issue. Guns are not the issue. Mental health, video games, poor parenting which government encourages, welfare, poor schools are ALL to blame! Stop treating symptoms, and to a cure.
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    I’m not a huge fan of semiautomatic weapons in anyone other than military personnel and other trained professionals hand but if a person can die and fight for their country with a semiautomatic weapon they should be able to do everything else under the law including drink and buy tobacco. The lines between 18 and 21 needs to be removed!
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    This would not stop criminals from committing crimes. This just removes freedom from law abiding citizens. If they can join the military and use guns they should be able to buy their own guns. Read your Second Amendment again, and again, and again...
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    No; if 18 year olds can fight (with a firearm) in the military, smoke, chew, drive a car (which kills more people on average than firearms); they should be able to buy any semi-automatic rifle/shotgun/pistol. It’s our right! Stop infringing on our right.
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    If they want to do this ......they also must rise the legal age to join the military to21 .......and the senate and congress need to read the second amendment again along with the Constitution
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    Raise the Draft age to twenty one. This Proposal is by ignorant city people. Leave this type of law to the individual states. Stop “Shot Gunning” the entire population of America. If you have mentally ill people in your state, take care of them. Leave the rest of us alone. I would like to add these are not military weapons, only look a likes and are not automatic firing. They are semi-automatic. You have to pull the trigger for each round. So many people just do not know the difference and should leave these decisions up to qualified people.
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    This is why we need these weapons, to defend ourselves from the tyrants who are trying to disarm us. Liberals say they are not coming for our guns, obviously they are lying.
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    Stupid law. But let’s lower the voting age so these kids that aren’t responsible enough to shoot a gun can change the coarse of our countries future. Liberalism doesn’t make sense to me. Bunch of hypocrites and disingenuous people
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