Delaware lawmakers mull raising age to purchase guns


A new bill introduced in the Delaware House of Representatives would raise the minimum age of legally purchasing a gun. Sponsored by Democrat Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, House Bill 330 effectively raises the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21. People would still be able to give guns to anyone under 21 years old, so long as they have parental consent, and parents would be able to sell firearms to their children.  Republicans are opposed to the bill, saying it strips the rights of legal adults, and would directly harm Delaware’s hunting heritage. Currently, Delaware has the lowest gun ownership per capita in the nation, around 5%, six times lower than the national average.