John Woolfolk, Mercury News
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday raising the age to buy rifles and shotguns in California to 21 as he acted on a host of proposed gun laws inspired by the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting massacre.
California currently bans handgun sales to people younger than 21, but other firearms including rifles and shotguns can be bought at age 18.
Under Senate Bill 1100 by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, all firearm buyers must be at least age 21.
Portantino introduced his bill after a 19-year-old expelled student bought a military-style semiautomatic rifle and later allegedly marched into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day and fatally shot 14 students, a teacher, coach and the athletic director. Authorities charged Nikolas Cruz with 17 counts of murder.