SAME Act introduced by Senator Lummis hopes to restore handgun rights to 18-year-olds

United States Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) has introduced legislation to reinstate the right of adults between the ages of 18 and 20 to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer. 

The Second Amendment Mandates Equality (SAME) Act of 2021, co-sponsored by Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Braun (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Jim Risch (R-ID), and sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) in the U.S. House of Representatives, would repeal a law that currently prevents adults under 21 from buying a handgun.

Senator Lummis stated, “The Second Amendment is a constitutional right, and does not treat 18-year-olds as second-class adults. In keeping with the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, the SAME Act would overturn our current restrictive anti-handgun statute and ensure equal treatment under law for adults under 21. Ultimately, if we trust 18-year-olds enough to defend our country and to choose our elected officials, we should trust them enough to purchase a handgun.”


The SAME Act is also supported by Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights, with representative Aidan Johnston saying of the bill, “Senator Cynthia Lummis’ Second Amendment Mandates Equality Act (SAME Act) is true ‘common-sense’ gun legislation. The current 18–20-year-old handgun ban is antiquated and keeps honest, young adults disarmed – sending the message that the Second Amendment is a second-class right. GOA commends Senator Lummis for standing for the Second Amendment rights of young adults.”

National Association for Gun Rights’ Hunter King showed his support as well, stating, “The National Association for Gun Rights stands with Senator Lummis and her efforts to dismantle this unconstitutional restriction.”

To read the bill in it’s entirety, click here.

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