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Miami Congresswoman breaks party and votes to raise AR-15 purchase age to 21

MIAMI, Fla. – The current issue in the United States is gun violence and finding ways to reduce it.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed legislation to tighten gun safety regulations, with Democrats generally voting in favor and Republicans voting against.

But one South Florida congresswoman was an outlier with her vote.

Maria Elvira Salazar, a freshman Republican and conservative, was elected in 2020 to represent Miami’s 27th congressional district, roughly equivalent to Kendall in downtown Miami. It’s a swing neighborhood, split almost evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

Voters fed up with gun violence are backing tougher gun safety laws, like expanding background checks, limiting the size of magazines and raising the age for buying a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.

The shooter in Uvalde and the one in Buffalo had just turned 18, had no history of mental illness, and legally purchased an AR 15-style assault rifle.

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase this type of gun.

Salazar voted in favor without explaining why she broke away from her party’s majority.

On Thursday, she declined an interview request from Local 10 News and instead issued a statement.

“I fully support the 2nd Amendment and will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans while protecting our communities. Just like Florida acted after the Parkland shooting, we can improve community safety through common sense actions like raising the purchase price to 21 for automatic rifles…”

Although she voted to raise the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle, she voted against a ban on large-capacity magazines and against a ban on so-called “ghost guns.”

State Senator Annette Taddeo, who withdrew from the gubernatorial campaign where she would have challenged Salazar, said, “Salazar sided with the NRA and voted against sane gun laws. It is perfectly clear that Congresswoman Elvira Salazar cannot be trusted to protect our children.”

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She also declined an invitation to appear on Local 10 News’ “This Week in South Florida” to explain her vote for raising the age to 21 against gun violence.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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