Ban Proposed on Young Buying Assault Rifles

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, look on as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety Photo: AP/ Evan Vucci
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, look on as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety

February 23, 2018 06:18 AM

President Donald Trump endorsed barring those under 21 from buying semi-automatic weapons — a move that puts him in direct opposition with the National Rifle Association.

His comments Thursday came amid a public reckoning over school gun violence after last week's Florida school massacre. NRA officials have opposed the idea, but Trump says they'll get on board.

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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says people under 21 don't need to own semi-automatic rifles like the one used in last week's mass shooting.

The Republican predicts Congress will pass new gun legislation.

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Roberts says gun control is "not entirely the answer" to shootings like the one at a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17 people last week. But he predicts the federal government will require better background checks.

The senator told reporters Thursday during a visit to the Kansas Statehouse, "Certainly, nobody under 21 should have an AR-15." The Florida gunman was 19 years old.

Roberts also says schools and law enforcement agencies need to communicate better so officers arrive "within two minutes." He suggests that in some cases, National Guard troops could be called in.

RELATED: After Florida School Shooting, Trump says More Must be Done to Protect Children

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