Senate committee advances bill to raise age minimum for assault weapon sales

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Anyone under age 21 looking to buy an assault weapon in Louisiana would have to wait, under a bill advanced Tuesday by a state Senate panel.

Members of a judiciary committee voted 4-3 for a measure, by Sen. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans), blocking customers under 21 from buying firearms classified as assault weapons. Current state law lets anyone 18 or older purchase such guns.

“If this bill passes and it saves just one life, it’s well worth it,” Carter said. “It could be your child. It could me mine. It could be any of ours.”

The legislative hearing comes after a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school in February. The New Orleans Democrat said that shooting was not the sole impetus for his bill, but argued that it underscores his argument.

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