Monday, July 13, 2009

TN: Age Limit on Private Gun Sales Proposed

(Nashville, Tennessee) State Representative Brenda Gilmore has proposed legislation to impose an age limit on private sales of handguns by requiring a signed affidavit certifying that buyers are at least 21 years old.
"As the seller, I should have to assume some responsibility to make sure that who I'm selling it to is actually old enough and responsible enough to handle that gun," Gilmore said.
Opponents of the measure contend that private sales do not cause widespread problems and enforcement would be impossible.

Rep. Gilmore, a liberal Democrat, is a gun control advocate who earlier this year sponsored a contentious resolution expressing regret for slavery and segregation. The resolution was tabled. It's predicted that restrictions on private sales of handguns will similarly fail.

Incidentally, it appears that Gilmore's proposal was prompted by the shooting of football star Steve McNair by his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, who then turned the gun on herself. According to police, Kazemi bought her gun from a private owner.

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