Old Enough to Vote, Old Enough to Buy a Handgun: Bill Would Drop Age to 18
By Chris Eger
“As adults, these Americans should not be deprived of basic constitutional rights,” says the bill’s sponsor, arguing those aged 18-20 can vote, get married or join the military. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A measure recently introduced in the U.S. House would lower the minimum age to buy a handgun to 18.
The Second Amendment For Every Registrable (SAFER) Voter Act, introduced on Capitol Hill by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., would establish that adults, aged 18 or older, would be able to legally purchase a handgun. That right has largely been disallowed by federal law for those under age 21 since 1968.
“Today, I introduced my bill to reinstate Second Amendment rights for 18, 19, and 20-year-old Americans,” said Massie on social media.
The measure, which has been filed as H.R.5716, would reduce, from 21 years of age to 18 years of age, the minimum age at which a person may obtain a handgun from a Federal firearms licensee. According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13 million Americans aged 18, 19 or 20.
Until 1968, the legal age to purchase handguns was 18, a benchmark that was upped by the 191-page Omnibus Crime Bill signed that year by President