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Would proposed legislation ban 18-20 year olds from handguns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Warp, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    I just realized this while posting in another thread.

    Currently FFL's are not allowed to sell handguns to anybody under the age of 21, even though it is legal in many states for 18-20 year olds to possess, and even carry, handguns.

    If the "universal background check" requirement finds a way to become law, would they have just barred 18, 19, and 20 year olds in all those states from acquiring handguns??

    I operate under the assumption that, if they find a way to pass it, the background check would have to be done at a licensed dealer.*
  2. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    Where is it legal for anyone under 21 to carry or purchase a handgun? To my knowledge they may be in possession of a handgun or inheirit it, but they may not buy one until the age of 21.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    Federal law just prohibits under 21 people from buying from an FFL. Private sales are currently okay. State law is where it changes. I bought my first handgun at 18 and have open carried it and I almost always have it with me in my truck. I'm almost 21 but not yet.
  4. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Plenty of states allow 18-20 year olds to purchase handguns. The 21 to buy law is for FFL's. States with private sales often do not have that law.

    I grew up in Indiana. The minimum age for a carry license is 18, and I know/knew 18-20 year olds that legally carried.

    Arizona allows open carry of a handgun at age 18, no license required.

    I know there are others, and MANY states allow possession at 18, as well as purchase from a private seller. Sometimes the person's parent(s) buy the handgun for them.
  5. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    The proposal for universal background checks has an exemption for transfer between family members, so someone under 21 could receive a handgun as a gift or purchase it from a family member.
  6. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    What family members qualify?
  7. Patrice

    Patrice member

  8. cbpagent72

    cbpagent72 Well-Known Member

    You can join the police at 18 and be legal to carry a handgun.

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  9. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    As I read it, immediate family members (brother, sister, mother, father). The family dog was not mentioned so he may be safe too.:p
  10. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Some can. Some can't. Depends on the state and the department.

    And is pretty much irrelevant to my question.

    Next you'll tell me that 18 year olds can buy and drink alcohol in the US because some service members on base can do so, or that New York residents can buy brand new 17 rounds Glock magazines because the police can.

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