House bill introduced to raise age to buy military-style assault rifles

A rifle equipped with a bump stock to mimic full-auto fire, Photo Date: 2/11/2013
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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.

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