Hyde-Smith and colleagues aim to restore constitutional right for 18-year-olds to buy handguns
Below is a press release from Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith:
Ms. Senator is a major cosponsor of the Second Amendment Equal Mandates Act (SAME) 2021.
U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) Today joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) In introducing legislation to restore the rights of adults between the ages of 18 and 20 to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer.
The Second Amendment to the Equality Act (SAME) of 2021 would repeal a law that currently prevents adults under the age of 21 from purchasing a handgun. Under current federal law, 18-year-olds can only purchase shotguns and rifles.
“The right to keep and carry all firearms is a fundamental right that should not be restricted by the federal government. This legislation would repeal the arbitrary restriction imposed on citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 to purchase a handgun ”. Hyde-Smith mentionned. “I am happy to join my colleagues in this effort to protect our constitutional rights from the Second Amendment.”
“The Second Amendment is a constitutional right and does not treat 18-year-olds as second-class adults,” Lummis mentionned. “In accordance with the Supreme Court Heller ruling, the same law would nullify our current restrictive handgun statute and ensure equal treatment under the law for adults under the age of 21. At the end of the day, if we trust 18 year olds enough to defend our country and choose our elected officials, we have to trust enough to buy a handgun.
Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Kevin Cramer (RN.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) And Jim Risch (R-Idaho) also co-sponsored the same law. , and Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced a companion bill to the House of Representatives.
Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights also approved the same law.
A copy of the legislation is available here.