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Don’t Deny Young Adults the Right to Self-Defense: New at Reason

Raising the purchase age for guns won’t stop mass shooters but will hurt law-abiding Americans.

C-SPANC-SPANAfter last month's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Donald Trump said he favored raising the minimum age for buying rifles or shotguns from federally licensed dealers, currently 18, to 21. On Monday he backed away from that position, saying the decision should be left to the states.

The president was immediately criticized for kowtowing to the National Rifle Association. But Jacob Sullum says there are sound reasons, aside from crass political considerations, for questioning the effectiveness and fairness of new restrictions on young adults' access to firearms.

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