Gov. Moonbeam signs bill raising age to 21 to purchase rifles, shotguns

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From Fox News: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a slew of gun control measures Friday, including one that raises the age requirement to purchase rifles and shotguns.

In a tightening of what many believe are the strictest gun laws in the nation, Senate Bill 1100 now requires all firearms purchasers to be at least 21, the Mercury News of San Jose reported.

California already restricts handgun sales to people 21 and older.

The Firearms Policy Coalition, a gun rights advocacy group, slammed the bill. “Governor Brown just told millions of people under 21 that they can fight and die for our state and country with machine guns, but they can’t buy a gun for self-defense in their homes,” said group spokesman Craig DeLuz. “That’s nuts.”

Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino said he was inspired to introduce the bill after February’s high school mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in 17 dead.

“As a dad and senator, I am very grateful to Governor Brown for his leadership in signing this important bill,” Portantino said in a statement Friday. “I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses.”

Exemptions for law enforcement officers, military service members and hunters with a valid license issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are included in the provision, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Past attempts to regulate guns in the state have resulted in a spike assault weapons registration and lawsuits.

Brown, a Democrat, also signed a number of other gun control bills Friday to expand the state’s gun control laws.

Assembly Bill 2103 requires applicants to undergo at least eight hours of training and pass a live-fire shooting test to receive a concealed carry weapons permit.

Another establishes a lifetime ban on gun ownership for those involuntarily admitted to a facility for mental health disorders.

Other bills endorsed by Brown prohibit those with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from owning guns and the addition of magazines and ammunition to the list of items that can be confiscated as part of a gun violence restraining order.

Senate Bill 1346 bans “bump stocks,” like the ones used in last October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, from being sold in California.

President Trump has advocated for new regulations to ban the devices.

Richard Thompson, grassroots director of the Firearms Policy Coalition, said that the “gun control machine was on overdrive this year” and that “we’re disappointed that Governor Brown chose to further expand California’s already-insane gun control laws that infringe on fundamental, individual rights.”

Brown also rejected several gun control bills this week he felt went too far. One such measure would have expanded the list of people who can seek a gun violence restraining order to include employers, co-workers and high school and college staff. Others include a bill that would have prohibited most California residents from buying more than one firearm in a 30-day period.


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9 responses to “Gov. Moonbeam signs bill raising age to 21 to purchase rifles, shotguns

  1. It’s too bad for us ‘legal American citizens’ that shit-for-brains moonbeam doesn’t have half as much interest in preventing the numerous deaths caused by illegal drivers.

  2. I thought another bill like this lost a constitutional challenge.

  3. Does he really think to put “Santa Clause” out’a business. That is who give must of us our first un when we we youngsters. But then, is california still on Santa’s list?

  4. I think California will skip Christmas this year in favor of El Dios del Muerte. While the gangs kill each other with abandon, we can find our Moonbeam, drifting through the crossfire demanding that all non-combatants give up their weapons.

  5. Files suit NRA, make California part of America again!

  6. I hope this TREASONOUS GOVERNOR realizes all these unconstitutional laws are going to be overturned-it is high time to take down the communists that have taken over California government

  7. Imagine new couples, unable to buy firearms to protect themselves, or a full blown civil war happening (which is in the works) and being DEFENSELESS-this is an act of TERROR by the California legislature, and ANYONE under 21 who is so injured should make a class action lawsuit over it

  8. The madness continues ever, anon. Can these people learn of the problem by a review of NY State’s Sullivan Act, which is the most restrictive gun control law in the country.

    And guess what: Are we surprised to learn that in New York City if you’ve got $200 or more in cash you can buy a gun within an hour or so after you find the right people!

    • No they can’t learn and won’t admit truth. After all, Timothy Sullivan was a demoRAT and he along with the police, didn’t want immigrants and “non-desirables” (aka us peons) to have the ability to protect themselves. Only the “privileged” deserved that right.

      Bloomberg, Watts and Media Hogg no doubt approve of this…


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