Age Limit to Buy a Firearm

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Should we change the age limit to buy a firearm to 21?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Undecided

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  1. Rhonindk macrumors 68040

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    Watching this on a couple of channels last night and this morning on the question if we should change the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21.

    The first thought in my mind: We can send our 18 year old "kids" to war but we restrict their rights at home.

    Should we change the age?
     
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    Even in jolly old England so such law exists:

    There is no minimum age for applying for a shotgun certificate, but the law prohibits children from using the weapons without supervision of an adult, aged at least 21, until they are 15. Children and teenagers aged under 18 are also banned from purchasing or hiring any firearm or ammunition.
     
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    If we restrict firearms to those who are 21, it makes no sense to allow 18-year-olds into the armed forces or to require 18-year-olds to register for selective services. Some of these age restrictions are necessarily connected.

    That said, I'm not sure that the firearms-purchasing age needs to be restricted to 21. Many mass shooters have been older than that. Would that have really prevented any tragedies? The more salient problem is the link between mental illness and firearms not between age and firearms.
     
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    There are exemptions.
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    While I'm not sure if it would have any meaningful impact, I wouldn't mind seeing the age raised to 21.
     
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    Of course I voted no but if they do, They need to raise the age of majority to 21. What is the point of legally being called an "adult" at 18 if you are not free to be one?
     
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    I’m for the age 21 unless a father or mother are to purchase the Rifle for their 18-20 year old child. The parents will be responsible not only for the Rifle but be able to teach responsibility of the Rifle. But I still cannot get past this as it is true.

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    18-20 year olds go to war with a fully automatic M4. But then they comes home and can’t buy a AR. But thank you for your service anyways. So if the 21+ law doesn’t pass, I won’t be upset.
     
  10. Michael Goff Suspended

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    21 sounds right.

    People aren’t allowed to drink until 21 in the states, but they can buy a firearm.
     
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    I'm still thinking about this one. But it does seem like they need to pick a lane...18 for long guns and 21 for handguns doesn't make a lot of sense given the recent events.
     
  13. statik13 macrumors regular

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    Good one. Always wondered if we need an age max there too.
     
  14. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a

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    I think any rifle that doesn't take a pull action to reload it should be 21. Also I'm okay with people in the military not have access to those rifles till they are 21. When they need it they can shoot it on base or when in war. As a civilian 21 should be the age for these powerful weapons
     
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    I know some middle aged adults who still act like kids.
     
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    21 as a blanket age doesn’t make a lot of sense since we do allow younger kids to go to war. I think a better option is you can buy one at 18 if you have gone through military training. If you do not serve in the military you have to wait until 35.
     
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    I don't do that all the time, you didn't record it did you? :p :cool:
     
  18. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    Until age 21, a teen relies on the emotional part of their brain and they don't make great decisions. Both the age to buy a firearm and voting should be raised to 21.
     
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, except the bolded part.
     
  20. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604

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    It’s the same in Wales too. I’d support raising the age if it were needed. I’m pretty sure if we suddenly had a trend of people murdering kids in schools with shotguns, there would be an amendment to our current laws. It only took one massacre and handguns were banned. We don’t own guns for defence though which is probably why so few own them by comparison.
     
  21. Rhonindk thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I would add "or proper training from a certified and licensed training facility". We have many who cannot or do not want to serve in the military. Heck, I served with quite a few who should not be allowed any type of firearm :eek:.
    Still, I would not exclude everybody who cannot or elect not to serve.
     
  22. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    I think this is the best approach. Different types of weapons probably need different age restrictions.

    Maybe draw the line at semi-automatic rifles and pistols and raise the age on those.

    But honestly, I’m not sure how much this helps. I think the majority of shooters are older than 21.
     
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    Would you say they should be banned altogether if you haven’t served in the military, or what would your alternative be?
     
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    No, they shouldn't be banned. Raising the minimum age to purchase one to 21 is a good compromise.
     

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