Proposed Bill Would Raise Minimum Age to Purchase Certain Weapons

March 08, 2018 06:13 AM

Thursday at the Capitol, lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase assault-style weapons.

The legislation follows a march that included thousands of people, including students, to the Capitol Wednesday in an effort to demand changes to the state's gun laws.

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The proposed bill has already drawn both support and criticism.

The bill would raise the minimum age to possess a semi-automatic military-style weapon from 18 to 21. The proposal would also expand the definition of those guns and make it illegal to transfer one to an underage person.

There are exceptions for anyone active in the armed forces.

On Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton voiced his support for raising the minimum age on assault weapons. He also rolled out a $21 million proposal to make Minnesota's school's safer.

RELATED: Dayton Suggests $21M to Improve School Safety

The governor said funds would be given to schools to make security enhancements like bulletproof glass and secure entrances. It would also expand mental health services and direct schools to share details on expelled students.

"I don't know if this is a complete solution, but like I said before, I'm open to considering anything and everything and I think we'll find some areas of bipartisan accord with the legislature which will be essential in enacting any of these measures," Dayton said.

The DFL lawmakers behind the latest bill are planning to hold a news conference at 1:45 p.m. at the Capitol.

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