18-Year-Olds Can Now Buy Guns

18-Year-Olds Can Now Buy Guns

There are 293 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Apr 2, 2008, titled 18-Year-Olds Can Now Buy Guns. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

People as young as 18 can now buy and own handguns in South Carolina. Governor Mark Sanford signed a bill into law Wednesday to lower the minimum age from 21.

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300sniper

El Dorado Hills, CA

#270 Apr 6, 2008
Rich wrote:
With the rise in juvenile and gang related crime, this is not what we needed. Based on the article it looks like the bill was financially motivated.
is the juvenile crime really on the rise? do you have some hard numbers proving that or is that just the impression you get from watching the news? have you been impacted by the rise in juvenile and gang crime? by the way some of you talk i would think every one has had a gun pulled on them by a kid. if you think that someone (of any age) that wants to commit a firearm related crime was prevented from getting a handgun because of a law, you are high.

“Read it and Weep”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, SC

#271 Apr 6, 2008
VISITOR wrote:
WELL OUR GOVERNOR HAS NOT SURPRISED ME. ANOTHER DUMB MOVE ON HI PART. HE SHOULD BE TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE GET DISABILITY AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE THAT HE CLAIMS HE HAS NO CONTROL OVER. WHICH IS A BUNCH OF BS. I HAVE CALLED GOV. SANFORD FOR MANY DIFFERENT REASONS AND HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT EVERYTHING I CALLED ABOUT WAS OUT OF HIS CONTROL. SO WHAT DOES HE HAVE CONTROL OVER? STUPID SH-- LIKE THIS. HE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS LIKE TRYING TO HELP LOWER THE CRIME RATE NOT MAKE IT EASIER.
Disability? Don't we have enough people on disability?

How about healthcare, gang reduction..........guns at 18 really isn't a priority.

“Read it and Weep”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, SC

#272 Apr 6, 2008
300sniper wrote:
i'd bet money that this does absolutely nothing to increase crime rate. criminals have always been able to get guns to commit crimes. remember they are criminals and do not obey laws in the first place. all this does is allow law abiding citizens to buy a hand gun at a younger age. we let 18 year olds drive cars, don't we? how many people are killed in cars every day?
you are just another anti-gunner that does not use logic. i bet you won't even change your mind after you see that the crime rate DOES NOT increase. you will not listen to the facts and only listen to the media that tells you how evil the world is.
<quoted text>
Exactly, it may actually help level the playing field with all the thugs driving through our neighborhoods.

“Common Sense - a new religion”

Since: Jan 08

Lexington, SC

#273 Apr 6, 2008
Joe wrote:
18 year old can go to war shoot machine guns, throw grenades, shoot rockets, protecting us why cant they own a handgun, they can already buy rifles and shotguns. Besides South Carolina is one of 18 states, and the only one in the South that had set it set at 21, Wyoming supposedly has no handgun age requirement, in Montana it's set at 14, and in Vermont its 16
Concealed weapon permit is still set to 21
If kids can get hold of drugs and beer what makes you think they could not get a gun if they wanted to.
Indeed they CAN do those things at 18. For those that do, I would happily trust them with a firearm. They have both discipline and training - which is something that most 18 year olds lack. Sign up, do your full enlistment, be honorable discharged and then you have earned those rights. Until then, all you have done is manage to survive 18 birthdays.
paradeeznuts

Chandler, AZ

#274 Apr 6, 2008
ok calm down communist, remember when your grandfather fought in the war he was only 15, this is america and if you dont want your kids to be able to protect themselve goto russia.
Froggy

Lexington, SC

#275 Apr 6, 2008
I can understand the law being passed for several different reasons, but my problem with this whole mess is that it makes it so much easier for the wrong person to get their hand on a gun. I think they better rethink this one!!(Sanford)
Not Applicable

Columbia, SC

#276 Apr 6, 2008
Some people highly underestimate 18 year olds. How many 18 year olds do you know that have several hundred dollars to spend on a handgun, and out of them how many of them want a handgun. Probably not that many and out of that few they probably have knowledge of guns already, kids nowadays are looking at spending money on "tricking out" their cars and other things like that
Besides if they do get a handgun they still cant carry it until they are 21, they could still have a handgun if someone else bought it for them.
Gunsandwhatnot

Columbia, SC

#277 Apr 6, 2008
True and I agree, but you know no matter how much everyone complains about it on this little internet post site, in which the only people that look at it probably clicked on the wrong link or are the ones posting, nothing is going to happen.
southern

Greenwood, SC

#278 Apr 7, 2008
pat wrote:
What a dumb jackass like move!
you must be a dumb yahkee
fisherman

Greenwood, SC

#279 Apr 7, 2008
pro gun nra quote Charleton Heston from my cold dead hands mr. gore will you get our guns South Carolina is for legal gun owners to own guns and you can see that gun owners still have a say in laws in Columbia

“Common Sense - a new religion”

Since: Jan 08

Lexington, SC

#280 Apr 7, 2008
paradeeznuts wrote:
ok calm down communist, remember when your grandfather fought in the war he was only 15, this is america and if you dont want your kids to be able to protect themselve goto russia.
communist huh? Please.

I could care less that an 18 year old COULD join the military. When they DO, then they can make that claim. Someone COULD be a doctor, that doesn't mean they get to write a prescription unless they ARE a doctor. Someone COULD be a lot of things but that doesn't mean they are entitled to be treated or viewed the same was as those that DO.
abc

Columbia, SC

#281 Apr 7, 2008
Get_Over_It wrote:
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communist huh? Please.
I could care less that an 18 year old COULD join the military. When they DO, then they can make that claim. Someone COULD be a doctor, that doesn't mean they get to write a prescription unless they ARE a doctor. Someone COULD be a lot of things but that doesn't mean they are entitled to be treated or viewed the same was as those that DO.
Good job pointing out the obvious.
pbiv13

Florence, SC

#282 Apr 8, 2008
Its about time. As a 20yr old married man, and not because we had to we have no children. i work for 24hrs at the fire dept. i should be able to leave my wife home with protection that she can handle. and manuver quickly. i thank gov. sanford for this decision
pbiv13

Florence, SC

#283 Apr 8, 2008
as a 20yr old married man, i know young but we have no children so forget it. but as a firefighter i leave for 24hrs at a time i should be able to leave my wife with protection that she can handle and manuver easily. thank you Gov. Sanford
Oniell

Greenville, SC

#284 Apr 10, 2008
this is a good choice, even if people say this is a bad idea. now the people that do obey the law can defend themselves and feel a little safer
anarchy in the UK

Okatie, SC

#285 Apr 11, 2008
low gun purchasing ages dont cause school shootings.... SCHOOLS CAUSE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS!!

If anything this law will help us when it is time to stop our government from shitting on us.
Konami Krasher

United States

#286 Apr 11, 2008
Mark Sanford is DEAD WRONG and electing him will be a big mistake!!! Now gangsters and wannabe youth killers will have opportunity to fulfill their fanataises. Now Hip-hop and Goth Kids will fight your turf and power over race and their other goals!!! I can imagine in 2020 without parents (good people) South Carolina will be one of those battlegrounds of survival in USA. Many young people will fall and die fast!!!!!

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#287 Apr 11, 2008
Konami Krasher wrote:
Mark Sanford is DEAD WRONG and electing him will be a big mistake!!! Now gangsters and wannabe youth killers will have opportunity to fulfill their fanataises. Now Hip-hop and Goth Kids will fight your turf and power over race and their other goals!!! I can imagine in 2020 without parents (good people) South Carolina will be one of those battlegrounds of survival in USA. Many young people will fall and die fast!!!!!
I think he's already been elected.
US Attorney

Augusta, GA

#288 Apr 12, 2008
If you're not careful Senator Lindsey Graham will give you this as your next US Attorney for the district of South Caroling replacing Reggie Lloyd. Reggie Lloyd was recently (Jan '08) selected by Governor Mark Sanford to be the next director of SLED.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/121296/m ...
john

Piedmont, SC

#289 Apr 12, 2008
i don't see the problem with it....if an 18 year old wanted to get a gun and the law wasn't changed they would still find a way to get one....so all of you think it is ok for an 18 year old to go fight in a war with machine guns but not own one here where they live??

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