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California State Senate Passes Bill Raising the Minimum Age to Buy Long Guns

Following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting back in February, many state and federal politicians have made a case for upping the age of purchase of firearms from 18 to 21. Very few states have actually enacted this measure, but California just got one step closer to becoming one of the few.

On Tuesday Senator Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge’s measure to raise the state’s minimum long gun purchasing age to 21 passed the State Senate by a vote of 23-10, sending it on to assembly and, if passed there, to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

Currently, the 21-year-old age limit is the law of the land for handguns, but not long guns in the state of California, but following widespread public outcry as well as corporate changes from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart regarding the purchasing age, it looks likely that this will be the new rule of law for the Golden State.

What isn’t getting more traction in this piece of legislation, but may be an even bigger deal than the age limit increase is the fact that this bill, known as SB 1100 will make it so that citizens may only purchase one long gun per month, no matter their age.

So that means goodbye to holiday shopping for a family of hunters and so long to those of you who wish to grab a bunch of firearms should your local shop have a huge sale.

This bill is starting to show that underneath the guise of saving the children from getting their hands on firearms that there is more than meets the eye, so if you have the time we encourage you to call your members of the state assembly and even Governor Brown’s office itself to let them know your stance on this bill, because should it pass, things are going to change a lot very quickly in California.

What do you think of this story? Do you think this gun law is going too far? Let us know in the comments below.

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