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Mixed feelings in La. about teen handgun sales ban

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21.

The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a 2008 ruling allows those younger than 21 to carry handguns in self-defense, which they claim contradicts the ban.

People have mixed feelings about possibility that the sales ban could be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"These kids are old enough to vote, old enough to go to war. They're going to have these guns available to them with the military, so as long as they're responsible with them... why not," said Jessica Schaale.

"When you look at the trouble we have with that age range with guns and not understanding the real depth of what happens when you shoot someone," said Rosalind Larkins.

Local firearms businesses say they won't see an increase in retail sales if the ban is overturned.

"I don't think it will be a spike in any retail sales for any FFL dealer. I think that any 18-year-old or 19-year-old or 20-year-old right now wants to buy a handgun, they usually have an adult that can do that for them," said Cid Dillard of Jim's Firearms.

An earlier appeals court ruling against the NRA noted it's not illegal for people younger than 21 to buy other guns like rifles and shotguns, or to possess handguns and be given them as gifts.

But others feel young adults shouldn't even own guns.

"I don't endorse him buying a gun at all because the danger of it. Like you said we have so much crime going on now and you find the younger generation most likely with guns. Older people, we have more guns for protection. Now it's guns just to say I have a gun," said Angela Williams.

Other states which have signed on to the petition include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


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