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A lawmaker in South Carolina wants minimum age of 20 for AR-15 purchases


A South Carolina elected official says he plans to propose a law that would establish a minimum age for people hoping to purchase AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles.

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) announced his intentions Tuesday on his Twitter account, seven days after another deadly mass school shooting Parkland, Florida.

In that shooting, law enforcement says Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a legally purchased AR-15 style rifle and multiple magazines of ammunition to shoot 32 people, killing 17.

Rutherford says he'd like to establish a minimum age of 20 years old to purchase AR-15 style rifles in South Carolina.

"Enough is enough — we have to take action to stop these horrific school shootings," Rutherford said. "I’m filing a bill to block individuals under the age of 20 from buying an AR-15. It’s a first step toward keeping our children safe."

Federal law currently prohibits the sale of shotguns and rifles to anyone under the age of 18, and the sale of handguns to anyone under 21.

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