The California Senate voted Tuesday to raise the minimum age for long gun purchases from 18 to 21 and to limit residents to one gun purchase a month.
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-25) sponsored the gun control measures and gave a shout-out to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence upon passage:
Good news #SB1100 to raise gun purchase age to 21 & limit gun sales to 1 per month passed the #StateSenate – if DC won’t act CALIFORNIA will. @BradyCampaignLA @PasStarNews @BurbCouncilPTA @CaliforniaPTA @MyJLP @JohnChiangCA @Courier91711 @GlendaleNP
— Anthony Portantino (@Portantino) May 29, 2018
Fox News reports that the gun control passed by a vote of 23 to 10.
The Associated Press reports that State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-4) believes Californians would be better served if legislators would “target criminal gangs and those with mental disabilities whom he said will obtain the guns no matter the legal limits.”
On May 22, 2018, the Rockefeller Institute of Government released a study examining 50 years of mass shootings in the U.S. They found that “the average age of mass shooter is 33.4 years” and the overwhelming majority of attackers are 20 years and above. In other words, denying 18-20 year olds their right to buy a gun will do little to prevent a mass shooting.
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