Governor Signs Senator Portantino’s Bill Banning Gun Sales to Any Person Younger Than Age 21

Published : Friday, September 28, 2018 | 1:50 PM

Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill which raises to 21 the legal minimum age required to buy any firearm from a licensed gun dealer in California. The bill was authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who represents the Pasadena area.

“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,” Senator Portantino said. “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.”

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 make the 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 said.

The Senator said he 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.