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California Senate votes to raise age for buying long guns to 21

The California legislature voted on Wednesday to raise the minimum age for the purchase of short firearms in the entire state from 18 to 21.

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The California legislature voted on Wednesday to raise the minimum age for the purchase of short firearms in the entire state from 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 1100, introduced by Sen. Anthony Portantino, was approved reported with a 26-12 vote, and democratic Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature, The Sacramento Bee.

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The bill would be limited, those rifles at the age of 21 years and above can buy. State law already limits the sale of handguns to people 21 or older.

Portantino cited the February massacre of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, in which they used a 19-year-old to kill with an AR-15 style rifle in 17 people — as the inspiration for the bill.

“The two most deadly recent school tragedies, committed by persons under the age of 21 with long weapons,” Portantino said on Wednesday. “We should know to send our children in school that they are going to be safe, healthy, and a good education.”

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Opponents of the legislation argued that people obtain firearms through illegal channels and that state lawmakers should focus on, sure criminals and those with mental health issues weapons.

Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen said he thinks that “bills such as this will miss the target,” the Los Angeles Times.

“What is magic about 21?” Nielsen asked. “All of a sudden you are no longer a danger?

The bill contains exceptions for persons under the age of 21, which serve as police officers, the military, or a valid state hunting licenses.

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