Discussion in 'Legal' started by DMW1116, Jun 15, 2022.
If you can vote, go into the military, sign a contract at 18 then why not a gun or drinks smoke.
So an 18 year old can vote on gun legislation but not buy a handgun??
Edited to confirm that Telekinesis correctly pointed out that I had this messed up on the first take. As Frank would say, read the law.
Yep, absurdity abounds
No it doesn’t.
Please read the link you posted - it notes that the minimum age of possession is 18, not 21. As noted in the link, the federal code cite is 18 USC 922(X). The defined exceptions in the statute relate to people under 18.
While the minimum age of 21 applies to transfers from a FFL, it does not apply to transfers from unlicensed parties (so FTF sales, gifts, etc). So it is entirely possible to acquire handguns legally while someone is between the ages of 18 and 21. This is of course dependent on state law which could be more restrictive.
That is state law dependent. There are a number of states who will issue carry permits to individuals under 21. I had a number of carry permits (resident and non resident) before I was 21.
No worries, it happens to the best of us
You answered that one in the question--it's defined by the Several States.
A number of States allow possession by those down to 16; they just can't buy, per 18USC922 until 21.
Many allow simple possession by those 18-21, but, again, no purchase.
The CHL laws are all over the place, though, generally you need to be military or LE if under 21.
join the military or get drafted
consume alcoholic (adult) beverages
or vote is flawed IMOHO.
The voting age was 21 until the 26th Amendment was passed in 1971 that lowered the voting age to 18 in response to the draft and war in Vietnam. "Old enough to die for your country, but not old enough to vote."
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