Delaware bill would block teens from buying rifles, shotguns Scott Goss, The News Journal
Democratic legislators in Delaware are looking to block teens from buying rifles, shotguns and other weapons, the latest in a series of gun control bills now working their way through the General Assembly.
The bill, introduced Thursday by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, would raise the legal age limit to purchase long guns and long-gun ammunition from 18 to 21 – matching a similar federal restriction on handgun purchases from licensed firearms dealers.
“There’s no reason we should treat rifles or shotguns any differently,” Schwartzkopf said in a release.
The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association – the local affiliate of the National Rifle Association – is opposed to Schwartzkopf’s bill, calling it an inconvenience to law-abiding citizens.
House Bill 330 would still allow a parent or guardian to purchase and then transfer ownership of a long gun to their child or sell one to them directly.
Well that defeat the purpose ! A kid could take the gun and parent could lie to cover their ass. Also, no provision for criminal charges against parents or guardian if their child kills someone! If a child wants to hunt with parent and guardian that us fine because the parent or guardian will be with them. The should be “no transfer of ownership”. No reason for it! WRONG !!!!
Federal law prohibits the possession of handguns by anyone younger than 18, with limited exceptions. Toddlers, however, would still be able to own a rifle or shotgun given to them by an adult, even under Schwartzkopf’s bill.