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This thread is from 2013...and since the OP was last seen 14 June 2014 as in 7 years ago...I am closing the thread.
Andy

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How it ever happened that 18-20 were carved out is beyond me. I wonder what the current 18-26 year olds would say about not being able to vote until 27 as it’s too dangerous for them to vote when they don’t have a clue what it is they’re voting for.
in 1968 when the 'Gun Control Act' was passed, the age of majority was 21

Whats funny is that it more or less allowed minors to own long guns

Age of majority was lowered to 18 in 1971, I believe. The GCA was never updated or challenged
 

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Well I respect your right to do so, although I disagree. I recently turned 21, and have been a legal handgun owner since I was 18.

I have always been responsible with my firearms, and have taught many of my peers how to safely use and handle a firearm, dispelling many of the myths they have had about them.

There are many "children" out there who are well into their thirties and forties. I would urge people to discriminate on a person to person basis, not just because of age.
I think making the judgement on a case by case basis really requires knowing the 18-21-year old very well. Far better than one usually knows someone of that age unless they are a close friend or relative. So I think this would leave most folks that age out.

What bugs me is the lack of consistency. Seems to me that the age at which someone can volunteer or be drafted to defend our country, should be the same as the age of driving, using alcohol, weed, or tobacco, or voting. Yes we know that human brains aren't fully developed until about 25. However, us oldsters know that we actually continue to change seriously every decade. And nearly all of us who are beyond 50 view our 30-year-old selves as incredibly naive and ignorant. Apparently a large number of repeat criminals "age out of it" at about 39. So neither 18 nor 21 nor 25 are really fully grown. Its just grown enough to join adult society. Not old enough to be a leader or midwife or healer. But good enough to be an entry level adult, now accorded the rights of adults, now learning on the job from other adults rather than in groups of children.

I think we are biologically ready to be adults at somewhere between 16 and 18 for most of us. And part of why the years between 16 and 18 are so painful for such "children" and their parents is that the child's social situation doesn't fit his or her biology. In a hunter gatherer society both genders would be fully competent at hunting or gathering, and would already be thinking about marriage or married already by that age. We become increasingly angry over non adult status and experience increasing drives to establish ourselves as adults at that age.
 

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18-yo-gun-rights.jpg

And IMHO, the same goes for owning a handgun.

Aloha, Mark
 
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in 1968 when the 'Gun Control Act' was passed, the age of majority was 21

Whats funny is that it more or less allowed minors to own long guns

Age of majority was lowered to 18 in 1971, I believe. The GCA was never updated or challenged
My understanding is that age of majority was determined by state law, not federal. And when the ‘68 GCA was passed, should have been challenged by that fact.

But I’m of the opinion that any law regarding firearms is an infringement on a right and therefor unlawful.... and every day wondering when “shall not be infringed” gets some traction
 
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My understanding is that age of majority was determined by state law, not federal. And when the ‘68 GCA was passed, should have been challenged by that fact.

But I’m of the opinion that any law regarding firearms is an infringement on a right and therefor unlawful.... and every day wondering when “shall not be infringed” gets some traction
Yep, there is a deliberate distinction between "shall" and "may". In our case, "shall not", which somehow some folks take to be more of a guideline than an actual rule. :rolleyes: We're not an imaginary pirate ship, we're a country.
 
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Hmm Well, r 21 and it would drive me crazy that people would cite non-existent laws as an excuse not to sell to me. I always see "must be 21" to buy, and it makes just about as much sense as "must be 37 or older to purchase."
 
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