Age to buy a pistol ?

Age to buy a pistol ?

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    Age to buy a pistol ?

    so from what i have seen at PAFOA.org, and other sites, it says 18 to purchase, but a friend im chatting with says that its 21 to buy a pistol...

    whats the truth, i tried the link on PAFOA that takes you to the actual law, but it came up a broken link...

    and by buy i mean buy from like gander mountain or a gun shop

    thanks a lot.
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    My understanding is that federal law is 18 for rifles and shotguns, 21 for handguns through ffls, although some states have statutes that allow for the private sales of handguns to those over 18.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeprekopa View Post
    so from what i have seen at PAFOA.org, and other sites, it says 18 to purchase, but a friend im chatting with says that its 21 to buy a pistol...

    whats the truth, i tried the link on PAFOA that takes you to the actual law, but it came up a broken link...

    and by buy i mean buy from like gander mountain or a gun shop

    thanks a lot.
    An FFL holder cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21.

    As noted, some states allow private purchase at 18.

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    yea,nevada will let you buy a handgun from a private party if u are 18
    an up but not from the store ,,and then u can open carry it to,,

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    In some states a Parent may buy a pistol and gift it to the young person. I'm not 100% on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccman View Post
    In some states a Parent may buy a pistol and gift it to the young person. I'm not 100% on this.
    Only to someone who could otherwise legally buy it.

    Gift or not, a 17 year old cannot own a handgun.

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    In texas if you are a member of the military you can get a CHL at 18,that's why some states won't accept a texas CHL,they require 21 on their concealed license
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeprekopa View Post
    so from what i have seen at PAFOA.org, and other sites, it says 18 to purchase, but a friend im chatting with says that its 21 to buy a pistol...

    whats the truth, i tried the link on PAFOA that takes you to the actual law, but it came up a broken link...

    and by buy i mean buy from like gander mountain or a gun shop

    thanks a lot.

    No, in PA you may not purchase a handgun at 18, you may possess one, but you may not purchase one.

    I want to say this is a good link to find the statute.

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    I know that federally licensed dealers cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21, but state laws vary. In Vermont the law regarding possession states:

    It is unlawful for a child under 16, without consent of his parent or guardian, to possess or control a handgun.
    The online statutes are down right now, so I can't find a lot of information other than from the NRA site where I found that. It doesn't mention sale of a handgun, just possession. But I assume that means a 16 year old is allowed to possess a handgun without parental permission, and 15 years and younger can possess one with permission.

    It doesn't clear up much if you try to think like a lawyer. What is possession? Ownership or just holding it? How does the child come to possess it? Is it sold or a gift? After reading that I have more questions than I did before I read it.

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    The kicker is that you have to be 21 to buy ammo for it.

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    Ammo. Not if it is the same caliber as a long gun ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccman View Post
    Ammo. Not if it is the same caliber as a long gun ?.
    Well, sorta, they ask you if it is for a pistol or rifle, and some won't sell it if it will do both.

    Things sure have changed...I remember buying a pack of smokes for my step dad and a milk carton box of .22's for myself when I was around 12, and nobody thought anything of it...Of course, at that time, a minor could still buy glue.
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    Well, sorta, they ask you if it is for a pistol or rifle, and some won't sell it if it will do both.

    Things sure have changed...I remember buying a pack of smokes for my step dad and a milk carton box of .22's for myself when I was around 12, and nobody thought anything of it...Of course, at that time, a minor could still buy glue.
    True and how time's has changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Dawg View Post
    The kicker is that you have to be 21 to buy ammo for it.
    Unless you say that the ammo is for your carbine. Then they have to sell it to you. That's what I did before I was 21..
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    My understanding is that federal law is 18 for rifles and shotguns, 21 for handguns through ffls, although some states have statutes that allow for the private sales of handguns to those over 18.
    Pretty much what Buckeye said........ 18yrs= allowed to purchase rifles and shotguns

    21yrs or older= rifles, shotguns, and pistols
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