Governor Brown Signs SB 1100, No Gun Sales for Californians Under Age 21

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On Friday, Governor Jerry brown Signed SB 1100 which means starting in 2019, Californians under the age of 21 will no longer be able to purchase firearms.

Under SB 1100:

  • This bill would prohibit the sale or transfer of any firearm by a licensed dealer, except as specifically exempted, to any person under 21 years of age.
  • This bill would instead require an applicant to be at least 21 years of age for any firearm, except that applications would be granted for an applicant who is at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age for a firearm that is not a handgun if the application is made before February 1, 2019. The bill would make additional technical, nonsubstantive changes.

According to Senator Portantino, existing law prohibits the sale or transfer of a handgun to any person below the age of 21 years. However, the minimum age to purchase a long-gun, such as a riffle, is 18 years. SB 1100 would simple make law consistent

Here is the press release via Senator Anthony Portantino

Sacramento, California – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1100 authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D–La Cañada Flintridge. SB 1100 will prohibit the sale or transfer of any firearm by a licensed dealer, except as specially exempted, to any person below the age of 21 years.

“As a dad and Senator I am very grateful to Governor Brown for his leadership in signing this important bill. I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses.  I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act.  No parent should have to worry that a gun gets in the wrong hands and commits a heinous and violent tragedy on our school campuses,” commented Senator Portantino.

Existing law prohibits the sale or transfer of a handgun to any person below the age of 21 years. However, the minimum age to purchase a long-gun, such as a riffle, is 18 years. SB 1100 would simple make law consistent 

Through this bill, California is leading the way while Washington sidesteps the pleas of youth around the country to keep guns away from schools. Portantino introduced the bill in response to the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting and the emotional pleas of students and families for action.  This bill further establishes Portantino’s legacy and leadership for sensible gun control. 

Previously, Senator Portantino was the author legislation to outlaw the open carry of unloaded handguns and long guns.  Portantino has worked closely with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence during his tenure in the legislature.

SB 1100 is supported by The CA Chapters of the Brady Campaign: Sponsor, American Academy of Pediatrics, Bay Area Student Activists, City of Santa Monica, Department of Justice, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International Health & Epidemiology Research Center, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lake View Terrace, La Verne, Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose, Pasadena, San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.