News Alert!!: California: New bill that raises the age limit to 21 years old for purchasing all guns passes California State Legislature.

News Alert!!: California: New bill that raises the age limit to 21 years old for purchasing all guns passes California State Legislature.

Lawmakers in California approved on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 a new bill that will increase the age limit for buying guns from from 18 years old to 21 years old.

The State Senate voted 26-12 approving the new bill, which the State Assembly had voted 47-30 approving the new bill.

The new bill now heads to California Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

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If signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 1100 (SB1100) would raise the age limit to purchase all guns from 18 years old to 21 years old.

The law specifically bans anyone under age 21 years old from buying a long gun, or rifle.

California law already limits hand guns sales to those 21 years old and over.

The new bill exempts those younger than 21 years old who are in the military, serve as police officers or have existing hunting licenses from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

** More Information: SB1100: **

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1100

According to Senator Anthony Portantino (Democrat from La Cañada Flintridge), the bill would address concerns raised by incidents including the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a 19 year old is accused of using an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 students and school employees.

“The two most deadly recent school tragedies have been perpetrated by people under 21 with long guns,” Senator Anthony Portantino said lawmakers before the State Senate voted.

Opponents argue the new bill saying dangerous individuals are often capable of attaining firearms through illegal means, and the Legislature should focus its efforts on ensuring criminals and people suffering from mental health problems cannot acquire guns.

Republican lawmakers who voted against the measure noted people younger than 21 years old can legally vote, buy homes and join the military to fight for their country.

Senator Jim Nielsen (Republican from Gerber) told lawmakers during the floor debate on the new bill that the measure will not affect criminals who he said do not buy their firearms legally.

Senator Jim Nielsen said the age restriction in the bill is arbitrary, saying “What is magic about 21? All of a sudden you are not a danger anymore?” I believe that yet again bills like this miss the target.”

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