22 States Now Fighting Federal Government to Lower Handgun Purchase Age to 18

September 5 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock Gun Photo - iStock_000018625930XSmallThe state of Utah is the most recent in a list of 22 states that are challenging the federal government on requiring people buying handguns from federal firearms dealers to be 21 years of age.

In many states, anyone over 18 can purchase a handgun in a private transaction or be given a handgun as a gift.

In all states, anyone over 18 can purchase any type of rifle (with the exception of NFA rifles).

We even trust 18 year olds who are serving in our armed forces with fully automatic weapons on the battlefield.

According to one report,

Utah Attorney General John Swallow said he signed on to the brief because there is a collision between federal and state law on the issue. The Supreme Court needs to decide whether it is a right under the Second Amendment for that age group buy a handgun, he said.

“It’s really a federalism issue. We feel like we should be able to enforce state policy where it comes to the safety of our citizens,” Swallow said.

The other states currently taking part in the court challenge are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin

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