Consultant Thomas Massie (R-KY) has launched a invoice to decrease the age to purchase a handgun from a federal firearms licensee (FFL) from 21 to 18.
Present regulation makes it inconceivable for anybody beneath 21 to get a handgun from a gun store as a result of the FBI is not going to course of anybody beneath 21 shopping for a handgun by the Nationwide Immediate Felony Background Verify System (NICS). The 1968 Gun Management Act expressly prohibits an 18 to 20-year-old from shopping for a handgun from a retail location. Nonetheless, it isn’t in opposition to federal regulation stopping a non-prohibited particular person between 18 and 20 from buying a handgun from personal events. The issue is that every one transfers by an FFL should undergo NICS.
Many states have legal guidelines requiring all firearm transfers to be performed by an FFL, which means that even when these states permit 18-year-old residents to purchase handguns from personal sellers, they can’t take possession of the firearm. Some states with common background checks have made exceptions to their guidelines, exempting state residents between 18 and 20 from necessary background checks for handguns. Virginia is one state with this courtroom order exemption after the state was sued by the Virginia Residents Protection League (VCDL) and Gun House owners of America (GOA).
The invoice (H.R. 6782) is known as the Second Modification for Each Registrable (SAFER) Voter Act. Along with Thomas Massie, different Republicans are co-sponsoring the invoice together with Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), and Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).
Rep. Massie is the Co-Chairman of the Second Modification Caucus and has been a staunch supporter of gun rights in Congress. He compares the fitting to purchase a handgun to the fitting to vote. He factors out that 18-year-olds are thought-about adults and will have the rights of some other adults.
“Why ought to a 20-year-old single mother be denied the fitting to defend herself and her youngsters?” asks Consultant Massie. “18, 19, and 20-year-olds are thought-about adults and may vote on essential public coverage points. They will additionally kind enterprise contracts, get married, and serve within the army. As adults, these Individuals shouldn’t be disadvantaged of primary constitutional rights.”
Gun House owners of America (GOA), the Nationwide Taking pictures Sports activities Federation (NSSF), and plenty of different gun rights teams have backed the proposal. They consider that the USA Structure units age limits on issues just like the age to be president, however the founders selected to not put an age restrict on the fitting to bear arms.
Gun rights teams consider that it was a acutely aware alternative to not restrict the Second Modification by age. Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for GOA, celebrated the invoice.
“The present 18 to 20-year-old handgun ban says that the Second Modification is a second-class proper, relegated to the backwaters of the Structure,” Johnston stated. “Gun-grabbers consider that if they’ll disarm younger folks within the years previous to turning 21, they’ll discourage and depress gun possession for a brand new era of Individuals. That’s why Rep. Thomas Massie’s SAFER Voter Act is so essential as a result of it restores the fitting of younger adults to buy handguns for self-defense.”
The invoice faces an uphill battle. It’s presently within the Home Judiciary. Even when it passes the Home of Representatives, the invoice could have a tough time passing the Senate, and President Joe Biden will veto the invoice if it makes it to his desk.
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Massie Introduces Bill to Lower the Age to Buy A Handgun from an FFL to 18 is written by John Crump for www.ammoland.com