Florida House Panel Supports Lowering Age for Rifle Purchases

The Florida House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Monday voted 12-5 along party lines to approve HB 1543, a post-Parkland gun control repeal that raised the minimum legal purchase of long guns to 21.

HB 1543 will bring the minimum age back to 18, which it was before the Parkland attack on February 14, 2018.

ClickOrlando.com male Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R) has commented in favor of removing age controls, noting that even in a post-Parkland world, 18-20-year-olds can legally own a long gun if they receive it as a gift.

“The Florida House is restoring young people’s ability to exercise Second Amendment rights,” Renner said. “Florida allows adults ages 18 to 20 to obtain a long gun by gifting it to them. This bill expands Second Amendment rights and improves public safety, because it requires Youth wishing to purchase a long handgun must undergo a background check process that is consistent with Florida law.”

WUFT/NPR mentioned State Representative Bobby Payne (R) sponsored the bill to repeal the 21-year minimum age requirement.

Payne said, “Florida is among a handful of states, like Hawaii and New York, that limit long gun sales to those 21 and older.”

Carmen Ward, president of the Alachua County Education Association, opposes lobbying to lower the legal age to purchase long guns.

Ward said, “I stand with the Parkland students and moms calling for action because we believe we need more restrictive gun laws, not less.”

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