In a move that came as something of a surprise Thursday morning, President Trump appeared to endorse more comprehensive background checks, as well as raising the legal purchasing age (whether of all firearms, or just AR15 style weapons wasn’t clear) to 21. You can see the original tweet below.
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
The president also endorsed a bump stock ban, as well as a strong emphasis on mental health as part of these comprehensive background checks.
As of now, no concrete details of stricter regulation or proposed legislation have been made available, but we’ll be updating this as we get more details.
Note: This is my personal take, not the overall position of Pew Pew Tactical, our owner/editor Eric, or anybody else that works here. For me, less bad guys with guns sounds like a good thing, and I think steps in that direction that allow mentally-competent, law-abiding citizens to continue owning firearms are a good thing. As far as bump stocks…these are devices with no real practical or defensive value, and they were created to skirt ATF regulations.
While I think an outright ban would be a step too far, I think regulating them under the NFA the same way we do full-auto lowers and trigger groups is certainly a valid way to keep them out of the hands of those who seek to harm others. I think the purchasing age changes are (and I know I’m going to get hate mail for this) a good idea, provided it’s tempered with exceptions for sporting rifles and shotguns, as well as exemptions for Mil/LEO personnel between 18-21. If we’re going to keep handguns the realm of the 21 and up, not to mention beer, I think AR15’s are perhaps fair game as well, but I’d love for you to convince me otherwise in the comments below!