BATON ROUGE, La. – Volunteers with the Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing SB 274, which would raise the minimum age to purchase certain semiautomatic firearms – assault weapons – to 21 to match the age required to purchase handguns from licensed gun dealers. Under current state law, 18- to 20-year-olds can purchase semi automatic rifles and shotguns, even though this age group commits gun homicides at nearly four times the rate of people 21 and over.
STATEMENT FROM ANGELLE BRADFORD, VOLUNTEER WITH THE LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“The tragic school shooting in Florida reinforced how dangerous it is to allow teenagers to legally buy semiautomatic rifles even though they couldn’t walk into a gun store and buy a handgun. This bill is an important first step toward reducing gun violence in Louisiana. We urge the full legislature to pass it immediately and consider additional legislation to reduce gun deaths in the state.”