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Proposed bill in AL legislature would allow minors to use handguns

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -Bills in the Alabama House and Senate would allow properly supervised minors to fire handguns. The proposed laws would allow minors to have handguns with the permission of a parent or guardian. To fire the weapons they would have to be under the supervision of their parent or guardian, on property owned by parent, guardian or family member, or under the supervision of a licensed gun safety instructor.

Existing Alabama law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from having a handgun. The current law "prohibits a person from delivering a pistol to a person under the age of 18 years..."

If the proposed bills, SB 262 and HB 328, make it through the House and Senate, minors would be able to have handguns, as long as they have permission and supervision from a parent or other guardian.

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The bill states the minor would have to be in the presence of their parent or guardian; on property owned by a parent, guardian or immediate family members; in the presence of a licensed gun safety instructor; or using the weapon for hunting, trapping or target shooting, competing in a firearm competition or for firearm or hunting training.

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