The Austin Metropolis Council has voted to “discover each choice” to attempt to elevate the minimal age for buying semi-automatic weapons.
The Texas metropolis leaders are hoping to boost the age for buying sure rifles, like an AR-15, to 21.
Minutes for the assembly, reported by Fox Information, included approval of “a decision directing the Metropolis Supervisor to discover each choice that will enable the Metropolis to ban or scale back the sale of AR-15 model weapons and different semi-automatic rifles to anybody beneath the age of 21.”
Chatting with the native Fox 7 station, Alison Alter, council member for District 10, mentioned that the decision was a response to current mass shootings.
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“This was prompted by Uvalde, by Buffalo, each conditions the place you had 18-year-olds who had been legally in a position to buy AR-15s and wreak destruction and to homicide different individuals,” Alter mentioned.
“Any life misplaced if a life that might have been saved by not getting access to any AR-15 interval,” Alter mentioned. “I’m the mother or father of a scholar who’s in highschool and something that we will do to limit entry to AR-15 makes my son safer and each different dad and mom, youngsters in our neighborhood safer.”
Mackenzie Kelly, District 6 council member, argued towards elevating the minimal age, saying that it might be towards the legislation.
“I consider that any try by Austin to limit, regulate, or hamper the gross sales of firearms does violate state preemption legal guidelines. And that violation of the preemption legislation dangers a lawsuit from the lawyer common, which I believe is a pointless waste of taxpayer sources,” Kelly mentioned.
Kelly additionally identified that the decision wouldn’t forestall Austin residents from going to different cities to buy weapons.