January 6, 2016 – Professor Adam Winkler co-authored an opinion piece in the Washington Post in which he proposed raising the minimum age at which someone may legally buy a gun to 25 years, citing that young people are responsible for a disproportionate amount of America’s gun violence.
“Federal laws on the appropriate age to buy a gun are confused and nonsensical,” wrote Professor Winkler. “You have to be 21 to buy a handgun from a federally licensed dealer. But if you’re 18, you can buy the same gun from a seller who doesn’t have a license. This has the perverse effect of forcing young people to buy handguns from sellers who — because they aren’t licensed — don’t have to conduct background checks.”