California Senate votes to raise age for purchasing lengthy guns to 21
The California legislature on Wednesday voted to raise the age for getting lengthy guns all through the state from 18 to 21.
Senate Bill 1100, introduced by Sen. Anthony Portantino, was approved with a 26-12 vote and sent to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The bill would limit these who can obtain rifles to age 21 and above. State law already limits the sale of handguns to individuals 21 or older.
Portantino cited the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas higher school in Parkland, Florida &mdash in which a 19-year-old utilised a AR-15-style gun to kill 17 individuals &mdash as inspiration for the bill.
"The two most deadly current school tragedies have been perpetrated by people beneath 21 with lengthy guns,&rdquo Portantino stated Wednesday. "We should be sending our young children off to school knowing they are going to be secure, wholesome and get a very good education."
Opponents of the legislation argued that men and women can obtain lengthy guns via illegal channels and that state legislators should concentrate on creating sure criminals and those with mental overall health issues can’t get guns themselves.
Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen stated he thinks "bills like this miss the target," according to the Los Angeles Instances.
"What is magic about 21?" Nielsen asked. "All of a sudden you are not a danger anymore?
The bill consists of exemptions for any individual under 21 who serve as police officers, in the military or have valid state hunting licenses.
Published at Thu, 30 Aug 2018 02:00:00 +0000