Sen. Hyde-Smith introduces act to allow 18-year-olds to buy handguns

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), of Brookhaven, joined Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) Tuesday in introducing legislation to reinstate the right of adults ages 18-20 to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer.

The Second Amendment Mandates Equality Act of 2021 would repeal the current law that prevents adults under the age of 21 from buying a handgun. Under current law, 18-20-year-olds may only purchase rifles and shotguns.

“The right to keep and bear all firearms is a fundamental right that should not be restricted by the federal government.  This legislation would repeal the arbitrary restriction for citizens between 18 and 20 years old from purchasing a handgun,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I am pleased to join my colleagues in this effort to protect our constitutional Second Amendment rights.”

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“The Second Amendment is a constitutional right, and does not treat 18-year-olds as second-class adults,” Lummis said.  “In keeping with the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, the SAME Act would overturn our current restrictive anti-handgun statute and ensure equal treatment under law for adults under 21.  Ultimately, if we trust 18-year-olds enough to defend our country and to choose our elected officials, we should trust them enough to purchase a handgun.”

Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) also cosponsored the SAME Act, and Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights also endorsed the SAME Act.