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Raise the Age to Purchase and Possess a Gun from 18 to 21

  • Almost three quarters of Minnesotans support raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm.
  • Gun injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 18-20.*
  • This age group commits homicide at three times the rate of people over  21.+
  • More than 3,100 young people die by firearm suicide each year. This is a 53% increase over the past decade**.
  • 6 of the 9 deadliest mass shootings in the United States since 2018 were committed by those under 21.***
  • 22 states have set their minimum age for purchasing certain types of guns at 21.****
  • Across states, this legislation makes the same case: adolescents whose brains are still maturing shouldn’t have access to deadly weapons.



*Minimum Age to Purchase. (2022, September 26). Everytown Research & Policy. to-purchase/



****Minimum Age to Purchase. (2022, September 26). Everytown Research & Policy. to-purchase/



Duluth Roundtable

Please join Protect Minnesota later this month in Duluth for an important conversation. As we’re gearing up for the 2023 elections and the 2024 legislative session, it’s more important than ever that the gun violence prevention community has the chance to connect with each other, share our priorities, and voice our hopes for the coming months and years.

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