Neguse Introduces Gun Safety Bill Targeting Age Requirements | Colorado to Washington
U.S. Representative Joe Neguse introduced legislation that would allow the federal background check system to identify gun buyers who are prohibited by home state laws from purchasing a gun because of their age .
The bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, is a response to the Florida woman who visited Colorado in 2019 on the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass murder . The 18-year-old bought a gun upon arriving in Colorado that it would have been illegal for her to buy in her home state due to her age.
The bill would add the state age requirement to the list of prohibitions identified through the national instant criminal background check system. The woman who traveled to Colorado, found dead after a thorough search by law enforcement, has led to widespread school closings due to the credible threat she allegedly presented.
“Background checks keep firearms out of the reach of people who shouldn’t have them, but they’re only as strong as the weakest link in the system,” said Shannon Watts, founder of the Police Security Group. Moms Demand Action guns. “This common sense bill closes a simple problem: If you’re too young to buy a gun in your home state, a federal background check should detect it and help enforce those laws.”