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March 6, 2018 > California bill would raise age for long-gun purchases to 21

California bill would raise age for long-gun purchases to 21

By Kathleen Ronayne

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? A California senator wants to raise the age for buying rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21.

Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge introduced the legislation Wednesday in response to the mid-February high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.

It would also bar someone from buying more than one firearm within a 30-day window. That and the age restriction already exist for handgun purchases in California.

Raising the age to legally purchase rifles and other guns has been a focus of the gun policy debate following the Florida shooting.

Gun Owners of California Executive Director Sam Paredes says the bill wouldn't make California safer and is an unfair restriction on law-abiding Californians who use long guns to hunt.

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