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California bans anyone under 21 from purchasing a gun

California Governor Jerry Brown. (Neon Tommy/Flickr)
October 01, 2018

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing a gun in the state, with a few exceptions.

The new law, which goes into effect in 2019, does not apply to military members, law enforcement, or licensed hunters, NBC News reported. People under the age of 21 were previously prohibited from purchasing handguns, but the new law bans the purchase of all guns.

The bill was brought forth by Sen. Anthony Portantino, who cited the Parkland school shootings as the primary reason for the ban on gun sales.

“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,” Portantino said.

This was one of several bans on guns that Brown signed into action. Others include banning gun sales to anyone with a mental disorder that has been hospitalized on placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold, and those who have been charged with domestic violence misdemeanors.

In addition, Brown stopped a bill that would permit some bars to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. The bill would have allowed bars to serve with the extended hours in Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with seven other cities.

Brown said, “I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to two without adding two more hours of mayhem.”

Another bill that went in front of Brown was one allowing parents to give their children edible marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions while on school property and only if the school board permitted it.

Brown shared his concern about introducing marijuana to children and believed the bill was too extensive in categorizing which medical conditions could be treated. “I think we should pause before going much further down this path,” said Brown.