The Sacramento Bee: No gun sales under age 21 in California starting in 2019

Friday, September 28 2018

Californians under the age of 21 will no longer be able to legally buy firearms starting next year.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 1100, which raises the age limit for the purchase of long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, from 18 to 21. The state already restricts handgun sales to adults 21 and older.

The measure, by Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, includes exemptions for law enforcement officers, members of the military and hunters with a valid license issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses,” Portantino said in a statement. “I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act. No parent should have to worry that a gun gets in the wrong hands and commits a heinous and violent tragedy on our school campuses.”

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