Lummis introduces handgun bill


WYOMING – Sen. Cynthia Lummis introduced legislation on Tuesday that would reinstate the right for people between ages 18 and 20 to legally purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer.

Sen. Lummis announced the Second Amendment Mandates Equality Act, or SAME Act, with six Republican co-sponsors in the Senate and one in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would repeal an existing law that prevents adults under 21 from purchasing a handgun.

“The Second Amendment is a constitutional right and does not treat 18-year-olds as second-class adults,” Sen. Lummis said during the bill’s introduction. “In keeping with the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, the SAME Act would overturn our current restrictive anti-handgun statute and ensure equal treatment under law for adults under 21. Ultimately, if we trust 18-year-olds enough to defend our country and to choose our elected officials, we should trust them enough to purchase a handgun.”

The senator was referring to the District of Columbia v. Heller law case the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on in 2008 by a 5-4 majority that guaranteed an individual right to possess firearms independent of service in a state militia and to use firearms for traditionally lawful purposes, including self-defense within the home.

Sen. Lummis’s SAME Act – not to be confused with the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act of 2021 – introduced in February to incentive nationwide Medicaid expansion and currently sitting in the Senate Committee on Finance  is nine item lines long and solely consists of striking the age limit for handguns, but would retain the age limit for rifles and shotguns.

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