Pentagon panel says to stop selling guns to soldiers under 25 to fight suicides

The military should stop selling weapons to soldiers under the age of 25 in an effort to help fight suicide, an independent Pentagon panel has found.

The Independent Suicide Prevention and Response Review Commission (SPRIRC) was set up in March 2020 to address rising suicide rates by members of the armed forces.

“On Department of Defense properties, raise the minimum age to purchase firearms and ammunition to 25,” the committee wrote in its report, which was released Friday, Fox News reported.

SPRIRC called the proposal a “high priority” and said the situation was something that “must change”.

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