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- Bill: CA SB 1100 - Raises Minimum Age for Firearm Purchases
- Position: Strongly Opposed
- Author: Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-25)
- FPC Legislative Alert
- FPC Veto Letter to the Governor
Senate Bill 1100 would generally prohibit the sale or transfer of any firearm by a licensed dealer to persons under 21 years of age. This bill would deny millions of responsible, law-abiding adults under the age of 21 their fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms secured under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.
Recognition of the right of adults over 18 to keep and bear firearms dates back to the Founding Era. And the Second Militia Act of 1792 required that all “able-bodied male citizen[s]” over the age of 18 acquire and keep a military-grade firearm in operable condition.
Raising the age limit for firearm ownership to 21 not only ignores the text, history, and meaning of the Constitution—it’s inconsistent with federal law, which includes 18 to 20-year-olds as part and parcel of the American militia. “The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and . . . under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States.” 10 U.S.C. § 246(a).
Using FPC's Grassroots Action form below, send a message to Governor Brown and tell him to VETO SB 1100.