• Yes

  • No

61% 23 votes
39% 15 votes
  • 18 is an appropriate age for your more traditional firearms (pistols, shotguns, etc.). 21 for more serious things (rifles, machine guns, etc.).

  • About 15, any younger and you'd be putting those around you at risk.

  • Maybe not an age restriction but a maturity restriction. Some kids are idiots and would accidentally shoot their face off or kill someone else. Guns are dangerous and should be treated very carefully and with care, giving something that can easily kill someone to a kid or immature person could result in something very bad.

  • 14 to use supervised, and 17 to own.

  • Yes, but pretty loose. I think there should be a limit in order to prevent giving it to an infant, but once someone hits like 10 or so it's fine to shoot a gun, maybe even younger. It'd be nice if we could just do it based off of there maturity level.

    Posted by: Avador
  • When they can pick it up and use it properly seems like a pretty good minimum age.

  • On a range, no, I don't think there should be. Teens should be able to use guns for a range or for hunting. I've used guns several times before and I'm 16. Why would I want to support any restrictions on that?

  • I agree with varrack. At home on private property or on a privately operated gun range it should be up to the parents/owners discretion. As far as carrying them in public on their own to wherever they are going ... the way the law is now is just fine. 18 for long guns ... 21 for pistols.

  • Owning a gun, yes. Shooting a gun, no. Common sense would automatically tell you to wait until your child/user is mature enough. I started shooting my AR15 on ranges when I was 10.

    Posted by: benhos
  • We're all entitled to our Constitutional rights.

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Discipulus_Didicit says2015-09-01T22:59:39.5655177Z
There already is.
tajshar2k says2015-09-01T23:01:33.2456325Z
Not all states.
TBR says2015-09-01T23:05:24.0847513Z
What do you think it should be?
tajshar2k says2015-09-01T23:07:19.7773177Z
17 years.
Varrack says2015-09-01T23:55:02.5029194Z
At first I thought yes, but then I realized how ridiculous an age limit is. I've used guns before (pistols, handguns, rifles) to my pleasure and I'm not an adult, so why would I support such a restriction. Unless you can provide hard evidence of a limit reducing gun accidents, which a ban wouldn't be able to regulate well anyway, then there's no reason for it.
Haroush says2015-09-02T01:11:31.8923158Z
As long as kids are supervised they should be able to use guns.
tajshar2k says2015-09-02T02:17:17.2338888Z
My problem is that, kids have shot their supervisor when supervised. I don't think any 9 year old should be learning how to shoot a gun.
Varrack says2015-09-02T04:57:09.6787065Z
And how do you possobly enforce that? If someone is of age and owns a gun with a child in the house, there's no way putting an age ban will affect whether the child gets ahold of the gun or not. No sane person would give a gun to a 9 year old to play with, but this wouldn't change regardless of whether there's some ban or not.
Mister_Man says2015-09-02T05:00:31.7038865Z
Varrack - same reason we can't enforce laws around murder in private. I could kill my parents in my own home easily, yet there are laws around that. It should be up to the parent to decide if their kid is mature and safe enough to use a gun. I don't have anything wrong with kids using guns if they know what they're doing and are taught EVERY safety procedure and correct way to use it.
Varrack says2015-09-02T05:14:32.6800643Z
Mister man, that's a good point. I do think there are some legitimate differences between murder and a kid getting a gun though. In a murder scene, the crime is virtually always discovered and the criminal punished accordingly. If I gave a gun to a child, there's practically no way for the police to find out, and an arrest for doing so would be kind of over the top. Maturity itself is kind of a shaky point, because determining maturity is a relative and subjective thing. I think I would support some law if there was evidence showing that a law actually deters gun accidents. Otherwise, I think it's the responsibility of the adults to handle guns around a child properly.
stargate says2015-09-02T10:42:33.2557270Z
I would say have it there, but I would want the final say to be the family.
Haroush says2015-09-02T22:43:54.5815396Z
For every gun law two or more dominos drop.
tajshar2k says2015-09-03T13:38:51.9258987Z
Shooting involving kids accidentally shooting their instructor or their sibling still happen.
Avador says2015-09-03T16:40:19.0862495Z
tajshar2k says2015-09-06T15:17:58.5515118Z
We're all entitled to our Constitutional rights. So, you think a 5 year old has the right to bear arms?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-09-16T17:24:07.8713121Z
Kids dont have any rights. They dont vote or pay taxes. They cant commit to the nation because they arent of an age where we take their decisions as being valid forms of consent.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-09-16T17:24:49.2895776Z
They dont get constitutional rights ... They get only basic human rights by default.

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