Rubio backs raising age limit on AR-15 rifles, bucks Trump on arming teachers

The Florida Republican said he would agree to raising the age to 21 to purchase the rifle.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday he supports raising the age limit for purchasing AR-15-style rifles.

Rubio made his comments during a town hall that included survivors of a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

“If you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle. I will support a law that takes that right away,” Rubio said during the CNN town hall to Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was killed just a week ago.

Rubio said he would agree to raising the age to 21 to purchase the rifle.

Rubio also bucked an idea floated by President Donald Trump earlier Wednesday, saying he does not support arming teachers. Trump offered his suggestion at listening session with students, parents and gun control advocates at the White House.

“I don’t support that,” he said “The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I’m comfortable with.”

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Rubio was the only Republican lawmaker who attended the town hall, which included Democrats Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch. The town hall proved a tough venue for Rubio, who faced skepticism from several questioners.

At another point, Rubio was confronted by Cameron Caskey a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School about whether he would continue to accept money from the NRA. After a back and forth with Caskey, Rubio said he would continue to accept money from whoever supports his agenda.

He noted that the NRA is not in favor of raising the age to buy a rifle and that their position is to arm teachers, which he does not agree with.

“I will do what I think is right. And if people want to support my agenda, they’re welcome to do so. But they buy into my ideas, I don’t buy into theirs,” he said.

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