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Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis has proposed a bill that would allow people between the ages of 18-20 to buy a handgun from a registered dealer.

You can read the Second Amendment Mandates Equality Act of 2021 here.

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The law would repeal a current federal law that prevents people under the age of 21 from buying a handgun from a registered dealer.

In a news release, Lummis said:

“The Second Amendment is a constitutional right, and does not treat 18-year-olds as second-class adults,” Senator Lummis said. “In keeping with the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, the SAME Act would overturn our current restrictive anti-handgun statute and ensure equal treatment under law for adults under 21. Ultimately, if we trust 18-year-olds enough to defend our country and to choose our elected officials, we should trust them enough to purchase a handgun.”

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms website, federal law prohibits the sale of handguns to anyone under the age of 21 by licensed gun dealers. But 18 and 19-year-olds can legally purchase handguns from someone who is not a licensed gun dealer.


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