CA Senate Votes to Raise Minimum Age for Long Guns, Limit Number of Guns Residents Can Buy

Sig Sauer rifles are displayed during the National Rifle Association convention on May 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas
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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:

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.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

 

 

 

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