SB 1100 Exemptions
SB 1100, the California bill barring possession of firearms by people under the age of twenty one, came as a shock to many gun rights advocates. Certainly one can see the need for due process and careful vetting when selling guns to younger enthusiasts, but an outright ban on possession by those under twenty one is something that could effectively rub out a great American family tradition: The hunting trip.
Fortunately, the bill isn't quite an outright ban. It does mean that, for instance, a nineteen year old civilian will not be able to earn a CCWpermit, but the gun control bill was signed with a few exemptions for people aged eighteen and older.
The main exemptions come down to hunting licenses, and employment in law enforcement.
Anyone between the ages of eighteen and twenty who carries a valid hunting license will be allowed to carry a long gun, such as a rifle. And anyone between the ages of eighteen and twenty who is presently employed as a peace officer, reserve peace officer, law enforcement officer, or federal officer will be allowed to carry a firearm as required by the nature of their work, including concealed carry, if the job entails it.
The language of the law itself refers to the sale or transfer of a firearm to people under twenty one, meaning that an eighteen year old who purchases a firearm at a gun show is likely to be in less trouble than the peron who sold it to them.
California has never been the most second amendment-friendly state, and SB 1100 isn't even that dramatic a change from existing gun laws on the West Coast. But thankfully they have at least allowed for some provisions so that families that value the culture of hunting will still be able to maintain that tradition.