Well, from one disappointment, to one success. Such is the roller coaster nature of the General Assembly. Speaker Schwartzkopf’s HB330(S), a bill that will raise the legal age where it is permissible for a person to buy, sell, give or transfer a firearm or ammunition from 18 years old to 21, passed the House 24-16, with 1 absent. One Democrat voted no, obviously pro-NRA Bill Carson. And one Republican running for reelection in a competitive district in a Democratic wave year voted yes, and that person is Mike Ramone.
Onto the Senate, where hopefully Bruce Ennis can resist lowering the age to 10 just to be fair.
HB330 – Raising Gun Purchase Age to 21.
SPONSORS: Schwartzkopf, McBridge, McDowell, Longhurst, Potter, Hansen, Henry, Marshall, Sokola, Townsend, Baumbach, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Heffernan, Jaques, J.Johnson, Kowalko, Lynn, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Paradee, B.Short, Viola
YES VOTES: Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Heffernan, J.Johnson, Jaques, K.Williams, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, M.Smith, Matthews, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Paradee, Potter, Q.Johnson, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, Viola
NO VOTES: Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D.Short, Dukes, Gray, Hensley, Hudson, Kenton, Miro, Outten, Postles, Smyk, Spiegelman, Wilson, Yearick
HISTORY: Passed House 24-16.
STATUS: Onto the Senate