18-Year-Olds Can Now Buy Guns

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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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Curious George

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#22
Apr 2, 2008
 
COLA Concerned Citizen wrote:
I don't know about the "gun thing" but I sure would like to see a law outlawing talking on the cell phone while driving! Nothin's that important you can't pull over and talk.
Focus here. The topic is 18 year olds and gun purchases. Not cell phones.
wst

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#23
Apr 2, 2008
 
Just how stupid is Sanford? Just because 18 years old can use weapons in military doesn't make it right for the untrained. There are too many guns on the streets already. Also are we going to lower the age for someone to become a law enforcement officer?
taylor

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#24
Apr 2, 2008
 
This is so unexceptable. We have so much violence going on as it is and he goes and lower the age to buy hand guns, how dum is that. I thought they were trying to prevent kids from killing kids but I guess not.
tango

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#25
Apr 2, 2008
 
will this also mean that the age for police officers in this state will be 18 year old now and not 21
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#26
Apr 2, 2008
 
I just lost all respect for that man. He must have some stock in a local gun company. That was a big mistake. Thanks for putting a lot more people in jeopardy gov. way to take care of your people.
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#27
Apr 2, 2008
 
This has to be one of the stupidest moves ive ever seen him do in his terms. So now when more gun violence increases what is he gonna use for an excuse
flightsoldier

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#28
Apr 2, 2008
 
What kind of idiots do we have in the State House. Mark Sanford vetoes a heart center in Lexington County and gives kids the right to own and carry a pistol. How stupid are our representatives? Who ever voted for this law should be voted out. They should also be held liable for the shootings that are going to take place. This should be called the THUG LAW. Oh, I just thought of a question they should ask on the form. They should ask ... Do you plan on killing someone with this gun? I sure do feel safe knowing that
they will answer truthfully.
Lexington

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#29
Apr 2, 2008
 
"People who are old enough to fight and die in the military should be able to purchase handguns,

The problem here is punks and gang members don't join the military,

Dumb move, but what else do you expect from a yes-sir man as governor
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#30
Apr 2, 2008
 
This is absolutely ridiculous!! Yes, it SHOULD be legal for those 18 year olds responsible and mature enough to join and handle the military. However, it puts more danger in society. The gang members, the 18 year old criminals, the robbers all now have MORE free reign to commit serious and devastating crimes.
Lexington

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#31
Apr 2, 2008
 
Wondering wrote:
An 18 y.o. can buy a gun, but not a beer???
Yea but now they can hold up the convenience store and get all they want....

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#32
Apr 2, 2008
 
YEA YEA YEA the same old crap y'all figure all the gangbangers will rush to the Gunshop and Legally purchase a handgun but they have had guns before this Law and they sure don't want a record of them buying one legally so that's BS. In most of the States around us the Legal age to buy a handgun is 18 already and it hasn't been a problem Y'all can't pick and choose 18 is consider an Adult they can sign contracts be held accountable for their actions join the Military Vote get Married buy a car buy a house so why not buy a Handgun? sounds to me like this is the troll patrol out to Slam The Governor and I call BS if you don't like the Job your elected officials are doing then why don't you Man up and run for Office and show them how it should be done
Newberry SC

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#33
Apr 2, 2008
 
Sanford is bought and paid for
by the National Rifle Association.
Well that includes the gun lobby too.
South Carolina is for sale to the highest bidder.
PKB

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#36
Apr 2, 2008
 
as far as joining the military-18 yo are told when to eat, sleep, go to the john. they are TRAINED in using weapons. now we are goin to let some dumb kid who thinks he will be cool buy a gun???? as a CWP owner this is just insane. at 18 kids don't even have even sense to know when to wipe their butt so lets let them buy weapons. they are not responsible or smart enough to take the time to properly learn how to use a gun. and then will most likely have show and tell with their young buddies. I just knew for sure Sanford had more sense than this. boy was I wrong!! what was he thinking?
I am an American

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#37
Apr 2, 2008
 
ClownMan wrote:
The outlaws will still not get a permit. What difference does it make?
Yup they have guns now.. This will not make any difference. SLED will still do the back ground checks..
I am an American

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#38
Apr 2, 2008
 
Lexington wrote:
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Yea but now they can hold up the convenience store and get all they want....
You think they didn't have guns before this bill? You are living in a dark closet.
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#40
Apr 2, 2008
 
18 year olds can now buy guns....oh boy.
Let the fun begin..

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Apr 2, 2008
 
PKB wrote:
as far as joining the military-18 yo are told when to eat, sleep, go to the john. they are TRAINED in using weapons. now we are goin to let some dumb kid who thinks he will be cool buy a gun???? as a CWP owner this is just insane. at 18 kids don't even have even sense to know when to wipe their butt so lets let them buy weapons. they are not responsible or smart enough to take the time to properly learn how to use a gun. and then will most likely have show and tell with their young buddies. I just knew for sure Sanford had more sense than this. boy was I wrong!! what was he thinking?
So what they could buy all the Long Guns they wanted at 18 and now they can buy a Handgun I am sorry you weren't able to raise your children to be responsible but mine are so don't let your short coming cloud your judgment since you are obviously old at what age do you figure it is safe for People to buy Firearms or do you have to personal interview each and everyone of them to see if they meet your standards
The Beer Slayer

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#42
Apr 2, 2008
 
I just turned 21 two weeks ago and have been waiting to buy a new pistol for like 8 years. Now all of a sudden i could have been there already. Pisses me the f off. All the younger guys I know are elated though.
MACpistolDOTcom

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#44
Apr 2, 2008
 
Well it's ABOUT time! Gee what a concept, adult CITIZENS being allowed to exercise their rights! 18 year olds have constitutional rights the last time I checked. Contact your legislator so your fellow citizens who simply happen to be 18, 19, or 20 years old can some day FINALLY be allowed to defend their lives and get carry permits.
Amazing that we have to fight like this just to be able to exercise our most BASIC rights. Join Gun Owners of America to continue the victories ( gunowners.org ). Also, join your local pro gun group, Gun Owners of South Carolina ( gosc.org ). Legislators will be more likely to give you back even more of your rights NEXT legislative session if you reward the good ones who voted for this bill.
Reality Check

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#45
Apr 3, 2008
 
Can you say columbine? Can you say Virginia Tech? I will not attend any highschool football or basketball games this coming year. My kids will not go to the skating rink anymore. Three IDIOTS...The gun wholesaler who employees kids to fill orders for guns, Mark Pitts the legistator and retired cop who sponsored the bill to "help out" the gun wholesaler, and Gov. Sandford...for putting the entire state population in danger. OMG when does this governor's term exire? Please let the next governor override this law. Why couldn't the wholesaler hire older employees or just fill the out of state orders himself?

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