New bill would move California's minimum purchase age of long guns to 21

A California assemblyman announced legislation Thursday to raise the age to purchase long guns from 18 to 21.

“California already wisely mandates that someone be at least 21 years of age to purchase a handgun,” Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) said. “It’s time to extend that common-sense law to long guns in order to enhance public safety.”

Listen: Assemblyman Rob Bonta talks about the need for the legislation.

AB 3 would bring equality to California gun laws and recognize the fact that young adults ages 18 to 20 are statistically far more likely to commit homicides than older adults, Bonta said in a statement.

Currently teens 18 and older can purchase long rifles in the state. Lawmakers behind the bill say the recent Florida school shooting has shown that California needs to adopt stricter gun control measures.

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