Legislators in California must evaluate a measure that proposes to increase the age to buy rifles and shotguns until age 21 and also aims to limit the number of weapons that can be acquired during a 30-day period.
Both proposals were presented Wednesday by Democratic state senator Anthony Portantino, representative for District 25 that includes the communities of Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge, as amendments to bill SB 1100 that will be debated in plenary in spring.
Current California laws restrict the purchase of handguns to persons under the age of 21, but allow the sale of rifles and shotguns to individuals as young as 18 years old.
One of the amendments by the Democratic senator aims to close this discrepancy in the criminal code of California, while the second attempts to limit the number of weapons an individual can acquire in a month.
If approved, such revisions would increase the legal age to purchase any weapon in California at 21 years and reduce the number of sales to only one gun per person for a period of 30 days.
The only exceptions to this rule would be law enforcement agencies, prisons, private security companies, film companies, gun collectors and hunters with current licenses granted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
The sale and purchase of assault rifles like the AR-15 that was used in the attack in Parkland, Florida, are mostly illegal in California. However, several local legislators have expressed their solidarity with the survivors of the massacre and the young people in the country who have joined forces to demand changes to the arms control laws at the national level.
“Like most Americans, the recent events in Florida horrified me.” As the father of a high school student, I can not stop thinking about the unnecessary nightmare that this tragedy caused to the affected families, I believe that it is imperative that California be the leader. when Washington refuses to act, “the Democratic legislator said in a statement.
SB 1100 is part of a list of arms control measures that have been filed with the state Congress this year. These proposals include new restrictions for people with mental health problems and prohibitions for those convicted of domestic violence crimes, among several other changes.
Carrie Adams is journalism graduate. She’s based in Sacramento but grew up in New Jersey. After graduating nursing school, Carrie couldn’t dream of head back to the New Jersey winters. Carrie has written for NPR, TODAYl and the Huffington Post. Carrie is a health and science reporter, focusing issues affecting families.