WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida) announced he has introduced legislation raising the Federal age to buy a semiautomatic firearm from 18 to 25. According to reports from law enforcement officials, researchers, and policy experts, individuals aged roughly 15-25 represent the age at the most risk of becoming a mass shooter because of the intense developmental changes and societal pressures that can turn them violent.
In addition, some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States since 2018 were committed by people 21 or younger. Overall, boys and young men account for half of all homicides involving guns, or any other weapon, nationwide. Exactly 50 percent of all killings in 2020, the last year comprehensive data is available, were committed by assailants under 30, according to the F.B.I.’s uniform crime data tracking system.
“Our communities are plagued by gun violence. What will it take to protect our children? We can’t continue to needlessly endure heartbreak after heartbreak as our public places become targets of violence,” said Moskowitz. “We no longer need moments of silence; we need moments of action. I refuse to think that nothing can get done.”
After the mass shooting at his alma mater Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Moskowitz championed what became the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, the most comprehensive gun violence prevention, school safety, and mental health bill ever passed in Florida. Moskowitz worked with the families of the victims and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to enact historic gun violence prevention legislation, raising the age to buy guns from 18 to 21 and putting in place “red flag laws,” giving law enforcement the power to take away firearms from those too dangerous to possess them responsibly. The legislation also provided millions for mental health counselors and school resource officers in every high school.
Now as a member of Congress and a Vice-Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Moskowitz continues his efforts to deliver on the passage of substantive gun violence prevention legislation at the Federal level.