FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A bill has been filed in the Kentucky House that would raise the age people can buy military-style assault rifles from 18 to 21.
Democratic Representative Chris Harris introduced House Bill 498 on Monday.
Harris says the bill would exempt people who are active-duty military personnel and law enforcement officers.
Harris said, “HB-498 takes a very modest, commonsense approach to improving the safety of all Kentuckians by raising the age to purchase a military-style assault rifle like the AR-15 from 18 to 21. This commonsense change simply makes the classification of assault rifles like the AR-15 consistent with current gun laws requiring a Kentucky citizen be at least 21 to purchase a handgun or obtain a carry-concealed permit. The fact that it is easier for an 18 year-old in Kentucky to legally purchase an AR-15 than to purchase cold medicine or beer defies commonsense. By raising the minimum age to 21, we are taking a small step toward better protecting the public; and perhaps preventing or at least minimizing the deaths and injuries like those that occurred in Parkland, Florida.”
Harris says the bill does not ban military-style assault rifles, only changes the minimum age someone can buy them.