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Why 18-year-olds can buy AR-15s in Texas but not handguns

This week’s massacre in Uvalde highlights disparities in how federal laws regulate rifles and handguns. The shooter bought two rifles days after his 18th birthday.

By Kiah Collier and Jeremy Schwartz, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
Guns at McBride's Guns
Small rifles meant for children, including a miniature AR-15, for sale at McBride’s Guns in Central Austin on Wednesday, April 20, 2021.

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