California Lawmakers Vote To Raise The Age To Buy Shotguns From 18 To 21

By Admin on August 30, 2018
Shogun Bill, Long gun bill, Rifle Bill (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

So, something tells me that this is going to be a hotly contested topic. A new bill now sits in front of Governor Jerry Brown that would up the age requirement for buying a shotgun or rifle. The bill from Sen. Anthony Portantino would raise the age to 21 from the current requirement of 18.

It passed the senate on Wednesday with a 26-12 vote, according to the LA Times.  Handguns already fall under the 21 and older rule. “As a dad and a legislator, I am determined to help California act appropriately…” Portantino said. “Out of respect for young people across our country who are demanding action we must answer their plea for help.”

But, arguments against the bill referenced 18 as the age where you can fight in the armed services, vote and buy homes. Additionally, senators argued that criminals under the age of 21 will just buy their shotguns and other firearms illegally.

Now, there are some exemptions for the shotgun/long gun bill. They include people younger than 21 who are in the military, serve as police officers or have existing hunting licenses from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

So, what do you think about this new bill?

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