Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Alabama

Alabama law generally prohibits selling, giving or lending a pistol to any person under age 18.1 Alabama also generally prohibits a person from delivering a pistol to a person if he or she has reasonable cause to believe the transferee is under the age of 18.2 Alabama also prohibits individuals under age 18 from possessing pistols.3

However, these prohibitions do not apply if the minor has permission to possess a pistol from a parent or legal guardian who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, when any of the following are also satisfied:4

  • The minor is attending a hunter education course or a firearms safety course under the supervision of an adult who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law;
  • The minor is engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range under the supervision of an adult who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law;
  • The minor is engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm or participating in or practicing for a performance by an organized group under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3) which uses firearms as part of the performance;
  • The minor is hunting or fishing pursuant to a valid license, if required, and the person has the license in his or her possession; has written permission of the owner or legal possessor of the land on which the activities are being conducted; and the pistol, when loaded, is carried only in a manner discernible by ordinary observation;
  • The minor is on real property under the control of the minor’s parent, legal guardian, or grandparent;
  • The minor is a member of the armed services or National Guard and the minor is acting in the line of duty; or
  • The minor is traveling by motor vehicle to any of the locations or activities listed above, has written permission to possess the pistol by his or her parent or legal guardian, and the pistol is unloaded, locked in a compartment or container that is in or affixed securely to the motor vehicle and is out of reach of the driver and any passenger in the motor vehicle.

A minor is also not prohibited from using a pistol while acting in self-defense of himself or herself or other persons against an intruder into the residence of the minor or a residence in which the minor is an invited guest.5

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. Ala. Code § 13A-11-57. This section does not apply to a transfer by inheritance of title to, but not possession of, a pistol to a minor. See also Ala. Code § 13A-11-76 (defining minor as a person under age 18). ⤴︎
  2. Ala. Code § 13A-11-76. However, Ala. Code § 13A-11-76 does not apply to the sale of pistols as curiosities or ornaments. Ala. Code § 13A-11-83. ⤴︎
  3. Ala. Code § 13A-11-72(b). ⤴︎
  4. Ala. Code § 13A-11-72(f). ⤴︎
  5. Ala. Code § 13A-11-72(g). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Alaska

Alaska prohibits any unemancipated minor under age 16 from possessing a firearm without the consent of his or her parent or guardian.1

Alaska also prohibits any person from knowingly selling a firearm to anyone under age 18.2

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. Alaska Stat. § 11.61.220(a)(3). ⤴︎
  2. Alaska Stat. § 11.61.210(a)(6). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Arizona

Arizona prohibits any person from selling or giving a firearm or ammunition or a toy pistol from which dangerous and explosive substances may be discharged to a person under age 18 without written consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.1

Arizona law prohibits an unemancipated person under age 18 from knowingly carrying or possessing a firearm on his person, within his immediate control, or in or on a means of transportation, in any place that is open to the public or on any street or highway or on any private property (except private property owned or leased by the minor or the minor’s parent, grandparent or guardian). This prohibition does not apply if the minor is accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or guardian, or a certified hunter safety instructor or certified firearms safety instructor acting with the consent of the unemancipated person’s parent or guardian.2

This prohibition also does not apply to a person who is 14 to 17 years of age and who is:

  • Engaged in lawful hunting or shooting events or marksmanship practice at an established range or other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited;
  • Engaged in lawful transportation of an unloaded firearm for the purpose of lawful hunting;
  • Engaged in lawful transportation of an unloaded firearm between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. for the purpose of shooting events or marksmanship at an established range or other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited; or
  • Engaged in an activity requiring the use of a firearm that is related to the production of crops, livestock, poultry, livestock products, poultry products, or ratites or in the production or storage of agricultural commodities.3

Arizona places no additional restrictions on the purchase or possession of handguns, although federal age restrictions still apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Policy Summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3109(A). Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 1-215(22) defines “minor” as a person under 18. The prohibition under Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3109(A) does not apply to the temporary transfer of firearms and ammunition by firearms safety instructors, hunter safety instructors, or competition coaches or their assistants, if the minor’s parent or guardian has given consent for the minor to participate in activities such as firearms or hunting safety courses, firearms competition, or training. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3109(C). With the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian, the temporary transfer of firearms and ammunition by an adult accompanying minors engaged in hunting or formal or informal target shooting activities is allowed for those purposes. ⤴︎
  2. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3111(A). ⤴︎
  3. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3111(B). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Arkansas

With some exceptions, Arkansas prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing a handgun outside his or her residence or private property.1 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

In Arkansas, any person furnishing a firearm to a minor under 18 years of age without the consent of a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for general supervision of the minor’s welfare, is criminally liable for a Class A misdemeanor.2 The crime becomes a Class B felony if the firearm is a handgun or other specified firearm.3

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in Arkansas.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-119(a)(1), (e). ⤴︎
  2. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-101(9), 5-73-109(a). ⤴︎
  3. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-109(b). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in California

Minimum age for sales and transfers: California prohibits any person, corporation or firm from selling a handgun to anyone under age 21, and from selling, loaning, or transferring any firearm to a “minor.” This prohibition does not apply in certain scenarios, including the sale of a handgun that is an “antique firearm” to a person at least 18 years of age, and the transfer or loan of a long gun to a minor by the minor’s parent or legal guardian.1 The California Family Code defines the term “minor” to mean an individual who is under 18 years of age. 2

Minimum age for possession: California law prohibits minors from possessing a handgun.3 Exceptions to this prohibition include situations where a parent or legal guardian is present or has consented to the possession.4 In addition, minors may, with the consent of a parent or guardian, possess handguns when engaged in certain recreational sports, including, but not limited to, competitive shooting; agricultural, ranching, or hunting activities; and any motion picture, television, or video production, or entertainment or theatrical events, the nature of which involves the use of a firearm.5

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in California.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

For age restrictions governing ammunition, see the Ammunition Regulation in California section.

For other provisions related to children and firearms, see the Child Access Prevention in California section.

Notes
  1. Cal. Penal Code § 27505. All other exceptions are laid out in this section. ⤴︎
  2. See Cal. Fam. Code § 6500 See also, Cal. Penal Code § 30300(a)(1), which states that ammunition may not be sold to any purchaser under age 18, and Cal. Penal Code § 31625(b), which states that a person must be at least age 18 to obtain a Firearm Safety Certificate. ⤴︎
  3. Cal. Penal Code § 29610. ⤴︎
  4. Cal. Penal Code § 29615. ⤴︎
  5. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Colorado

In Colorado, any person under age 18 may not knowingly possess a handgun, except:

  • When in attendance at a hunter’s or firearms safety course;
  • During lawful firearm or target shooting;
  • During certain organized competitions or performances;
  • When hunting or trapping with a valid state license;
  • When traveling to or from such activities as previously noted;
  • When on property under the control of the person’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent with the permission of such person’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent; or
  • When at the person’s residence, with the permission of the person’s parent or legal guardian, for the purpose of lawful self-defense.1

Colorado does not provide a minimum age to possess rifles or shotguns. Colorado also provides no minimum age for the purchase of a handgun or a long gun, although federal age restrictions still apply.

For additional age-related restrictions, see the Colorado Child Access Prevention section.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-108.5(1), (2). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Connecticut

A person must be at least age 21 to obtain an eligibility certificate for a handgun.1 Connecticut prohibits any person from selling, bartering, lending, giving, delivering or otherwise transferring any handgun to a person under age 21.2 A handgun may be transferred temporarily to a person under age 21 for target shooting or use on a shooting range if under the immediate supervision of a person eligible to possess a handgun.3

Generally, no person or corporation may sell, deliver or otherwise transfer, at retail, any long gun to any person under 18 years of age.4 In addition, no person or corporation may sell, deliver or otherwise transfer, at retail, any semi-automatic centerfire rifle that has or accepts a magazine with a capacity exceeding five rounds to any person under age 21.5

There is no minimum age to possess a long gun.

Effective April 1, 2014, no person may purchase or receive any long gun unless such person holds a valid long gun eligibility certificate, a valid permit to sell a pistol or revolver, or a valid eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver.6 A “junior firearms hunting license” may be issued to a child between 12 and 16 years of age.7

Connecticut law generally prohibits the sale of firearm ammunition or an ammunition magazine to anyone under age 18.8

Connecticut also prohibits any person from transferring, selling or giving a machine gun to a person under age 16, including the temporary transfer of a machine gun for use in target shooting or on a shooting range or for “any other purpose.”9

Federal law imposes additional age limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-36f(a). ⤴︎
  2. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-34(b). ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎
  4. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-37a(b)(1). ⤴︎
  5. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-37a(b)(2). ⤴︎
  6. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-37a(c). ⤴︎
  7. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 26-27a(1). ⤴︎
  8. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-38k(b). ⤴︎
  9. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-202(c). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Delaware

Delaware prohibits the purchase, ownership or possession of a handgun by a “juvenile” except for the purposes of engaging in lawful hunting, instruction, sporting or recreational activity while under the direct or indirect supervision of an adult.1 There is no minimum age to possess long guns under Delaware or federal law.

Delaware law prohibits the sale of a handgun or other deadly weapon “made especially for the defense of one’s person” to a person under age 21.2 Delaware also prohibits the sale or transfer of any firearm or ammunition to a person under age 18 unless the transferor is the minor’s parent or guardian or a person who first receives permission from the minor’s parent or guardian.3

Delaware also prohibits online marketing or advertising of firearms to children.4

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1448(a)(5). The term “juvenile” is not defined under Delaware law, although state law notes that any person who attains age 18 is deemed to be of full legal age for “all purposes whatsoever.” Del. Code Ann. tit. 1, § 701. ⤴︎
  2. Del. Code Ann. tit. 24, §§ 901, 903. ⤴︎
  3. Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1445(4). ⤴︎
  4. Del. Code Ann. tit. 6, §§ 1204C(e), (f)(4). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Florida

Florida generally prohibits a person under age 18 from possessing a firearm.1  However, this prohibition does not apply to unloaded firearms in the minor’s home.2 It also does not apply if the minor is:

  • Engaged in a lawful hunting activity and is at least age 16 or, if under age 16, is supervised by an adult;
  • Engaged in a lawful marksmanship competition or practice or other lawful recreational shooting activity, and is at least age 16 or, if under age 16, is supervised by an adult who is acting with the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian; or
  • Transporting an unloaded firearm directly to or from one of the aforementioned events.3

Florida law penalizes any parent or guardian, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, who knowingly and willfully permits the minor to possess a firearm in violation these provisions.4

Florida also prohibits any dealer from selling or transferring any firearm to a minor under age 18.5 In addition, Florida law penalizes any person who knowingly or willfully sells or transfers a firearm to a minor without the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian.6 Note that federal age restrictions also apply, and generally prohibit licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to persons under age 21. For other child safety measures, see the Florida Child Access Prevention section.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Fla. Stat. § 790.22(3), (5). ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎
  4. Fla. Stat. § 790.22(4). ⤴︎
  5. Fla. Stat. § 790.18. ⤴︎
  6. Fla. Stat. § 790.17. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Georgia

Georgia prohibits the possession or control of a handgun by any person under age 18.1 This prohibition does not apply if the underage person is:

  • Attending a hunter education course or a firearms safety course;
  • Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction where such range is located;
  • Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm or participating in or practicing for a performance by an organized non-profit group that uses firearms as a part of such performance;
  • Hunting or fishing pursuant to a valid license if such person has in his or her possession a valid hunting or fishing license if required; is engaged in legal hunting or fishing; has permission of the owner of the land on which the activities are being conducted; and the handgun, whenever loaded, is carried only in an open and fully exposed manner; or
  • Traveling to or from any of the aforementioned activities, if the handgun is not loaded.2

In addition, this prohibition does not apply if the person under age 18 is:

  • On real property under the control of his or her parent, legal guardian, or grandparent and who has the permission of the parent or legal guardian to possess a handgun; or
  • At his or her residence and possesses a handgun while exercising rights authorized by Georgia provisions regarding the justified use of force against another with the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian.3

No person may intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly sell or furnish a handgun to a minor (person under the age of 18 years).4 However, a parent or legal guardian may permit possession of a handgun by a minor for the purposes specified above.5

There is no minimum age requirement to possess rifles and shotguns in Georgia. Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-132(b). ⤴︎
  2. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-132(c)(1). ⤴︎
  3. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-132(c)(2), (3). ⤴︎
  4. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-101.1(b); see § 16-11-101.1(a)(1) (defining “minor”). ⤴︎
  5. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-101.1(b). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Hawaii

Permits to acquire firearms will only be issued to persons 21 years of age or older.1 Subject to certain requirements, however, permits are not necessary for persons under age 21 when carrying and using any rifle or shotgun while “actually engaged” in hunting or target shooting.2

State law allows any person 16 years of age or older, or any person under 16 years of age if accompanied by an adult, to carry and use any lawfully acquired rifle or shotgun, and suitable ammunition, while actually engaged in hunting or target shooting, or while going to and from the place of hunting or target shooting.3 Those engaged in hunting must have procured a hunting license.4

A permit is not required for the loan of any lawfully acquired firearm to a minor (a person under age 18) at a target range or similar facility for target shooting purposes, provided that the period of the loan does not exceed the time in which the person actually engages in target shooting upon the premises.5

Under state law, any child who, while attending school, is found to be in possession of a firearm will be “excluded” from attending school for not less than one year.6 For additional information, see the Hawaii Guns in Schools section.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 134-2(d). ⤴︎
  2. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 134-5(a). ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎
  4. Id; see also Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 183D-21. ⤴︎
  5. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 134-5(b). ⤴︎
  6. Haw. Rev. Ann. § 302A-1134(b). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Idaho

Idaho prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing any handgun.1 In addition, anyone under age 18 is prohibited from possessing a weapon (defined under state law to include any “pistol, revolver or gun”) unless he or she: 1) has the written permission of his or her parent or guardian to possess the weapon; or 2) is accompanied by his or her parent or guardian while he or she possesses the weapon.2 Any person under age 12 in possession of a weapon must be accompanied by an adult.3

The possession prohibitions concerning minors do not apply to any:

  • Patron firing at a lawfully operated target concession at an amusement park or similar location, provided that the firearm to be used is firmly chained or affixed to the counter;
  • Person in attendance at a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety course, including while traveling to or from these activities with an unloaded firearm;
  • Person engaging in practice or any other lawful use of a firearm at an established range or any other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited by state or local law, including while traveling to or from these locations with an unloaded firearm;
  • Person engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or participating in or practicing for such competition, including while traveling to or from these activities with an unloaded firearm;
  • Minor under age 18 who is on real property with the permission of the owner, licensee, or lessee of the property and who has the permission of a parent or legal guardian or the owner, licensee, or lessee to possess a firearm not otherwise in violation of the law, including while traveling to or from the location with an unloaded firearm; or
  • Resident or non-resident hunters with a valid hunting license or other persons who are lawfully engaged in hunting, including while traveling to or from such hunting activities with an unloaded firearm.4

In addition, no person under age 12 shall have in his or her possession any shotgun, rifle or other firearm while in the fields or forests or in any tent, camp, auto or any other vehicle in the state of Idaho, except that the holder of a youth small game license or youth hunter education graduate license, if accompanied by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho, may possess a firearm for hunting while in the fields or forests.5

Additionally, as of July 1, 2016, state law requires the sheriff of a county to issue a license to carry a concealed weapon to those applicants between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21) years who meet the eligibility requirements of Idaho Code Ann. section 18-3302K.6

Federal law prohibits the sale by a licensed firearms dealer of a handgun or handgun ammunition to anyone under age 21.7 This provision does not prohibit private sellers (sellers not federally licensed) from selling handguns and handgun ammunition to persons under age 21, however.

For additional information, see the Idaho Trafficking section.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302F(1). ⤴︎
  2. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302E(1); see also Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302A. ⤴︎
  3. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302E(2). ⤴︎
  4. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302G. ⤴︎
  5. Idaho Code Ann. § 36-1508(b). ⤴︎
  6. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302(20). ⤴︎
  7. 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(1), (c)(1). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Illinois

Illinois prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing a handgun.1 State law also prohibits any person from knowingly transferring a handgun to any person under age 18.2

However, Illinois also prohibits individuals from possessing firearms if they do not hold a FOID card,3 and prohibits any person from knowingly transferring a firearm to a person who does not hold a FOID card.4 To obtain a FOID card, an individual must be over 21 years of age or have the written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian to possess and acquire any firearms and ammunition.5 Further, the parent or legal guardian must not be prohibited from obtaining a FOID card.6 Even with parental consent, persons under age 21 do not qualify for a FOID card if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor (other than a traffic offense) or adjudged delinquent.7

Federal law imposes additional restrictions

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/24-3.1(a)(1). ⤴︎
  2. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/24-3(A)(a). ⤴︎
  3. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/2(a). ⤴︎
  4. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/3(a). ⤴︎
  5. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/4(a)(2)(i). ⤴︎
  6. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/4(a)(2)(i). ⤴︎
  7. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/4(a)(2)(i). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Indiana

Indiana prohibits issuance of a license to carry a handgun to any person who is under age 18, or is under age 23 if the person has been adjudicated a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult.1

With some exceptions, Indiana prohibits a person under 18 from knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly possessing a firearm except when supervised and at his or her residence or on property owned by a parent or guardian, or, for purposes of hunting, target shooting or safety training.2 Persons under 18 are also prohibited from selling or providing a firearm to another person under 18 except for the purposes described above.3

Indiana provides no minimum age for the sale of firearms to minors by adults, although federal age restrictions still apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-2-3(g)(3), (4). ⤴︎
  2. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-5. ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Iowa

Generally, Iowa law prohibits any person from selling or transferring a long gun or ammunition for a long gun to a person who is under age 18. Iowa also prohibits any person from selling or transferring a handgun or handgun ammunition to a person under age 21.1

These restrictions are subject to certain exceptions. A parent, guardian, spouse age 18 or older, or another with the express consent of the minor’s parent or guardian or spouse who is at least age 18 may allow a minor of any age to possess a rifle or shotgun and ammunition for lawful use.2 A parent or guardian or spouse who is age 21 or older may allow a minor of any age to possess a handgun or handgun ammunition for any lawful purpose while under the “direct supervision” of the parent, guardian or spouse, or while the person receives instruction in the proper use of a handgun from an instructor age 21 or older, with the consent of the parent, guardian or spouse.3

Federal law imposes additional limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary   for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Iowa Code § 724.22(1), (2). ⤴︎
  2. Iowa Code § 724.22(1), (3). ⤴︎
  3. Iowa Code § 724.22(5). “Direct supervision” is defined to mean “physical presence near the supervised person” by a parent, guardian, spouse or a firearms instructor over age 21, when the supervising individual “maintains visual and verbal contact at all times with the supervised person” and is not intoxicated or under the influence of an illegal drug. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Kansas

Kansas law does not impose restrictions on sales of firearms to minors. There is also no minimum age to possess firearms under Kansas law, although no person under age 18 may knowingly possess a firearm with a barrel less than 12 inches long, unless that person is:

  • In attendance at a hunter’s or firearms safety course;
  • Engaged in practice in the use of such firearm, or target shooting at a lawful, established range;
  • Engaged in an organized competition involving the use of such firearm, or participating in or practicing for a performance by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which uses firearms as part of the performance;
  • Hunting or trapping pursuant to a valid license;
  • Traveling to or from one of the above activities, provided the handgun is secured, unloaded, and outside the immediate access of that person; or
  • At his or her residence, or on real property under the control of that person’s parent or legal guardian or grandparent, and the parent, legal guardian or grandparent has granted permission for the possession.1

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

Additionally, in 2015, Kansas passed a permitless concealed carry law authorizing anyone 21 years of age and older to carry a concealed firearm in public without a license or permit.  Individuals under 21 years of age may only do so when on their own land, abode, or fixed place of business.2

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6301(a)(14), (k). ⤴︎
  2. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6302(4). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Kentucky

Kentucky provides no minimum age for the possession of rifles or shotguns.

Kentucky prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing, manufacturing or transporting a handgun, unless he or she is:

  • In attendance at a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety course;
  • Practicing in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established firing range, or any other place where the discharge of firearms is not prohibited;
  • Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or participating in or practicing for a performance by a non-profit group that uses firearms as a part of the performance;
  • Hunting or trapping pursuant to a valid license issued pursuant to Kentucky statutes or administrative regulations;
  • Traveling to or from any activity described above with an unloaded handgun;
  • On real property which is under the control of an adult and has the permission of that adult and his or her parent or legal guardian to possess a handgun; or
  • At his or her residence and in the possession of a handgun with the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian and justified in using physical force or deadly physical force.1

Kentucky also prohibits any person from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly providing a handgun to any person he or she knows or has reason to believe is under age 18, and for whom possession of the handgun would be a violation of:

  • Kentucky Revised Statutes Ann. § 527.100 (generally criminalizing possession of a handgun by a minor; see above);
  • Kentucky Revised Statutes Ann. § 527.040 (criminalizing possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or “youthful offender” convicted of a felony); or
  • Kentucky Revised Statutes Ann. § 600.020 (defining abused or neglected children).2

See the Kentucky Child Access Prevention section for further information about this prohibition. Note that federal age restrictions generally prohibit licensed firearms dealers from transferring a handgun to any person under age 21.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary  for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.100. ⤴︎
  2. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.110(1)(a). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Louisiana

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in Louisiana but Louisiana law generally prohibits juveniles (defined as people under 17 years of age) from knowingly possessing a handgun,1 and prohibits any person from selling or otherwise delivering for value any firearm to a person under age 18.2 Lack of knowledge of the minor’s age is not a defense.3

This general prohibition does not apply if the juvenile is:

  • Attending a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety course;
  • Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range;
  • Hunting or trapping pursuant to a valid license pursuant to the laws of Louisiana;
  • Traveling to or from any of the above activities while in possession of an unloaded gun;
  • On real property with the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian and with the permission of the owner or lessee of the property;
  • At his or her residence and possesses a handgun with the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian; or
  • Possessing a handgun with the written permission of his or her parent or legal guardian, provided that he or she carries on his or her person a copy of such written permission.4

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. La. Rev. Stat. § 14:95.8(A). ⤴︎
  2. La. Rev. Stat. § 14:91(A). ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎
  4. La. Rev. Stat. § 14:95.8(C). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Maine

Maine prohibits any person from knowingly transferring a handgun to a person who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under age 18.1

Maine also prohibits anyone other than a parent, foster parent or guardian (or another adult approved by the parent, foster parent or guardian) from knowingly selling or transferring a long gun to a person under age 16.2 Maine also prohibits anyone other than a parent, foster parent or guardian or another adult approved by the parent, foster parent or guardian from knowingly selling a long gun to minors between the ages of 16 and 18 but this restriction does not apply to transfers.3

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Me. Stat., 17-A § 554-B(2). The term “minor” is defined as a person under 18 years of age, per Me. Stat., 17-A § 554-B(1)(B). However, section 554-B does not apply to:

    – The temporary transfer of a handgun to a minor: 1) with the prior written consent of the minor’s parent or guardian and that parent or guardian is not prohibited by federal, state or local law from possessing a firearm; or 2) in the course of employment, target practice, hunting or instruction in the safe and lawful use of a handgun;

    – A minor who is a member of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard who possesses or is armed with a handgun in the line of duty;

    – A transfer by inheritance of title to, but not possession of, a handgun to a minor; or

    – The transfer of a handgun to a minor when the minor takes the handgun in self-defense or in defense of another person against an intruder into the residence of the minor or a residence in which the minor is an invited guest.

    Section 554-B(3). ⤴︎

  2. Me. Stat., 17-A § 554-A. ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Maryland

Maryland generally prohibits any person under age 21 from possessing any “regulated firearm” (handgun or assault weapon).1  Maryland also prohibits any person from transferring a regulated firearm to a transferee who the person knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under 21 years of age.2

Maryland also prohibits any person from selling, renting or transferring ammunition for a regulated firearm to a person under age 21, or any ammunition to a person under age 18.3 Maryland also prohibits the sale or transfer of a rifle or shotgun to a person under age 18.4

However, there appears to be no minimum age to possess a rifle or shotgun in the state.

See Child Access Prevention in Maryland for related information.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety §§ 5-101(r), 5-133(d). ⤴︎
  2. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-134(b)(1). ⤴︎
  3. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-134(d)(1)(i), (d)(2). Though Maryland prohibits sales and transfers of regulated firearm ammunition to persons under 21, in 2011 the state repealed its law prohibiting persons under age 21 from possessing such ammunition. See 2011 Md. H.B 519, amending Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-133(d). ⤴︎
  4. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-134(d)(1)(ii). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Massachusetts

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

In Massachusetts, generally no one under 18 years of age may purchase a firearm or ammunition, and no one under 21 years of age may purchase a handgun, large capacity weapon or large capacity feeding device.1 Any person selling or furnishing a rifle, shotgun, machine gun or ammunition to any person under age 18 is criminally liable for a felony, as is any person selling or furnishing a handgun or large capacity rifle or shotgun or ammunition for those firearms to anyone under age 21.2

Under certain circumstances, however, minors may possess weapons. Persons “more than 14 but less than 18 years of age” may apply for a Firearm Identification Card (“FID”) if the applicant submits a certificate from his or her parent or guardian granting the applicant permission to apply for a FID. A FID will not issue to a minor until he or she reaches 15 years of age. This exception allows persons 15 years of age and older to possess rifles and shotguns.3

In addition, a 2014 law allows someone to furnish a weapon to a minor for hunting, recreation, instruction and participation in shooting sports if the minor is supervised by a someone with a valid FID or license to carry, provided the minor’s parent or guardian has consented.4 Applicants for a license to carry a handgun must be at least 21 years of age.5

Notes
  1. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, §§ 130, 131E(a). ⤴︎
  2. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 130. ⤴︎
  3. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 129B. ⤴︎
  4. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 130 1/2. ⤴︎
  5. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Michigan

In Michigan, a person under the age of 18 generally may not possess a firearm in public except under the direct supervision of an adult 18 years of age or older.1 Persons under age 18 may possess a firearm while at, or going to or from, a recognized target range or trap or skeet shooting ground if, while going to or from the range or ground, the firearm is enclosed and securely fastened in a case or locked in the trunk of a motor vehicle.2 Persons under age 18 may also possess a firearm while hunting game under the authority of a hunting license on land upon which a parent or guardian is regularly domiciled or where a parent or guardian, or another adult at least 18 years old authorized by a parent or guardian, accompanies the minor.3

Michigan prohibits any person from knowingly selling a firearm “more than 26 inches in length” to a person under age 18.4

Michigan also prohibits issuance of a handgun purchase license to any person under age 18.5 If the handgun is to be purchased from a federally licensed dealer, the applicant must be age 21 or older.6

A concealed carry permit may not be issued to a person under 21 years of age.7

Federal law imposes additional age limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.234f(1). ⤴︎
  2. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.234f(2). ⤴︎
  3. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 324.43517(1)(a).  However, Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 324.43517(1)(a) provides separate rules if the minor’s hunting license is an apprentice license, if the minor is less than 14 years old and the license is a license to hunt deer, break, or elk with a firearm, or if the minor is less than 10 years old.  Subject to other requirements, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources may issue a hunting license to a minor if a parent or legal guardian of the minor applies for the license on the minor’s behalf, pays the licensing fee, and agrees that the child will only hunt game under the conditions spelled out in Section 324.43517. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 324.43520. ⤴︎
  4. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.223(2). ⤴︎
  5. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 28.422(3)(b). ⤴︎
  6. This age prohibition for handgun possession does not apply to a person under these specified ages if the person: 1) is not otherwise prohibited from possessing the handgun; 2) is at a recognized target range; 3) possesses the handgun for the purpose of target practice or instruction in the safe use of a handgun; 4) has his or her parent or guardian physically present and supervising; and 5) has the handgun’s owner physically present. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 28.422(11). ⤴︎
  7. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 28.425b(7)(a). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Minnesota

Minnesota generally prohibits the possession of ammunition, handguns, and semiautomatic military-style assault weapons by persons who are under age 18. However, under state law, such persons may carry or possess ammunition, or a semiautomatic military-style assault weapon or handgun in the actual presence or under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.1

The state prohibits a federally licensed firearms dealer from transferring a handgun or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon to a person under age 18 without complying with certain background check requirements.2

Minnesota prohibits a person under age 16 from possessing a firearm without being accompanied by a parent or guardian,3 and provides that a parent or guardian may not knowingly direct, allow or permit a person under age 16 to possess a firearm, unless this person is:

• Accompanied by a parent or guardian;

• On land owned by, or occupied as the principal residence of, the person or the person’s parent or guardian;

• Participating in an organized target shooting program with adult supervision;

• Participating in a firearms safety program or traveling to and from class; or

• Age 14 or 15 and has a firearms safety certificate.4

Minnesota prohibits:

• Outside a municipality, furnishing a child under 14 years of age with a firearm, airgun or ammunition without the consent of the child’s parent or guardian;5

• Outside a municipality, for a parent or guardian to allow a child under 14 years of age to handle or use a firearm, airgun or ammunition outside the presence of the parent or guardian;6 or

• In a municipality, furnishing a minor under age 18 with a firearm, airgun or ammunition without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian, or the municipal police department.7

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase or Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Minn. Stat. § 624.713, subd. 1(1). Other exceptions exist for: 1) purposes of a military drill while under competent supervision, under the auspices of a legally recognized military organization; 2) for instruction, competition or target practice under direct supervision on a law enforcement-approved firing range; or 3) upon successful completion of a course designed to teach marksmanship and safety with a handgun or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon and approved by the state commissioner of natural resources. ⤴︎
  2. Minn. Stat. § 624.7132, subd. 15(b)(1). ⤴︎
  3. Minn. Stat. § 97B.021, subd. 1(a). ⤴︎
  4. Minn. Stat. § 97B.021, subd. 1(b), subd. 1a. ⤴︎
  5. Minn. Stat. § 609.66, subd. 1(a)(6). ⤴︎
  6. Id. ⤴︎
  7. Minn. Stat. § 609.66, subd. 1b. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Mississippi

No person under age 18 may knowingly possess a handgun unless he or she is:

  • Participating in a hunter’s or a firearms safety course;
  • At a lawful shooting range or organized competition;
  • Hunting or trapping, when licensed to do so;
  • Traveling with an unloaded handgun to or from the aforementioned activities;
  • On private property under the control of an adult who has granted permission to the underage individual to possess a handgun; or
  • Using a handgun to defend himself or herself from imminent danger.1

An applicant for a license to carry a concealed handgun must be 21 years of age or older.2

Mississippi prohibits the transfer of: 1) any deadly weapon; 2) any weapon that may not by law be carried concealed; and 3) a pistol cartridge, to any person who is under 18 years of age.3

There is no minimum age to possess a rifle or shotgun in Mississippi.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-14. ⤴︎
  2. Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(2)(b). ⤴︎
  3. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-13. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Missouri

Missouri prohibits “recklessly” selling, leasing, loaning, giving away or delivering any firearm to a person under age 18 without the consent of the child’s custodial parent or guardian.1

Missouri also prohibits anyone from violating the federal law prohibiting anyone from selling or transferring a handgun or handgun ammunition to a person under age 18.2

Federal law imposes stricter age restrictions in certain situations.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.060.1(2). A person “acts recklessly” or is reckless under Missouri law when he or she consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that circumstances exist or that a result will follow, and such disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 562.016.4 ⤴︎
  2. See Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.080, which refers to 18 U.S.C. § 922(x). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Montana

Montana imposes no specific age restrictions on the purchase or possession of firearms, though Montana’s child access prevention law generally prohibits a parent, guardian, or other person having charge or custody of a minor child under age 14 from allowing the child to carry or use in public any firearms.1

Federal age restrictions also apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. See Mont. Code Ann. § 45-8-344. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Nebraska

Nebraska prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing a handgun.1 The provisions of this section do not apply to the temporary loan of handguns for instruction under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian or adult instructor.2

Nebraska prohibits any person from knowingly and intentionally transferring, or attempting to transfer, a firearm to a juvenile (any person under age 18).3 However, the state does not prohibit the transfer of a long gun to a juvenile:

  • Who is related to the transferor within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity if the transfer of physical possession does not occur until the juvenile’s parent or guardian grants express permission;
  • Who is under direct adult supervision in an appropriate educational program; or
  • For a legitimate and lawful sporting purpose.4

A person must be at least age 21 to receive a handgun purchase certificate or concealed handgun permit.5 Generally, a handgun purchase certificate or concealed handgun permit is necessary to purchase, lease, rent, or receive transfer of a handgun from an unlicensed person.6 See the section entitled Licensing of Gun Owners or Purchasers in Nebraska.

Federal age restrictions also apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204(1). ⤴︎
  2. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204(2). ⤴︎
  3. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204.01(1). ⤴︎
  4. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204.01(2). ⤴︎
  5. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2404. ⤴︎
  6. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2403. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Nevada

Nevada prohibits a child (person under age 18) from handling or possessing any firearm except while accompanied by or under the immediate charge of a parent, guardian, or adult authorized to have control or custody of the child.1

Under certain circumstances, children who are 14 years of age or older may possess firearms without the presence of a parent, guardian or other adult.2 Generally, a child who has a valid license to hunt and the permission of his or her parent or guardian may possess a rifle or shotgun (that is not fully automatic).3 Parental permission alone is sufficient where the child is attending a hunting or firearm safety course, using a firearm at an established range or where the discharge of firearms is permitted, participating in a lawful competition or performance, traveling to or from such activities, on real property under the control of an adult, with the permission of that adult, or at his or her residence.4

The same exceptions apply to handgun possession, as long as the child has the written permission of his or her parent or guardian and is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a handgun.5

Finally, a child under age 18 may not handle or have in his or her possession or under his or her control a loaded firearm if he or she is:

  • An occupant of a motor vehicle;
  • Within any residence, including his or her residence, or any building other than a facility licensed for target practice, unless possession of the firearm is necessary for the immediate defense of the child or another person; or
  • Within an area designated by a county or municipal ordinance as a populated area for the purpose of prohibiting the discharge of weapons, unless he or she is within a facility licensed for target practice.6

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.300(1). ⤴︎
  2. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.300(5)-(7). ⤴︎
  3. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.300(5)(a). ⤴︎
  4. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.300(6). ⤴︎
  5. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.300(7). ⤴︎
  6. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.300(8). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in New Hampshire

New Hampshire provides no minimum age for the possession of firearms, and does not penalize sale of a long gun to a minor, although federal age restrictions still apply. New Hampshire prohibits any person from transferring a handgun to a person under the age of 18,1 and transferring ammunition of any kind to a person under the age of 16, other than to his or her own child, grandchild, or ward.2

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:12. This section does not apply to: 1) parents, grandparents, guardians, administrators and executors giving a revolver to their children, wards, or heirs to an estate; 2) firearm safety instructors during a training program, with the parent or guardian’s permission; 3) licensed hunters accompanying a minor while lawfully hunting; and 4) individuals supervising minors using firearms during a lawful shooting event or activity. Id. ⤴︎
  2. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 644:15. This prohibition does not apply to: 1) individuals instructing children in the safe use of firearms during a supervised firearms training program, if the child’s parent or guardian has granted permission for the child to participate in the program; 2) licensed hunters accompanying children while lawfully taking wildlife; and 3) individuals supervising children using firearms during a lawful shooting event or activity. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in New Jersey

No person under the age of 18 shall purchase, barter or otherwise acquire a firearm, and no person under the age of 21 shall purchase, barter or otherwise acquire a handgun (unless the person is authorized to possess a handgun in connection with the performance of official duties).1 Permits to purchase a handgun will not be issued to any person under age 21, while Firearms Purchaser Identification Cards (FPIC) – for long guns – will not be issued to any person under age 18.2

New Jersey also prohibits any person under the age of 18 from possessing, carrying, firing or using a firearm, and no person under the age of 21 from possessing, carrying, firing or using a handgun, except:

  • In the actual presence or under the direct supervision of his or her parent, guardian, or a person who holds a permit to carry a handgun or a FPIC; or
  • For the purpose of a military drill supervised by a recognized military organization, lawful and supervised competition or target practice, or lawful hunting when the gun possessor has a valid hunting license and has successfully completed a recognized hunter’s safety course.3

New Jersey imposes harsh penalties, including a mandatory minimum prison term of three years without parole, on any person who knowingly sells, gives, transfers, assigns or otherwise disposes of a firearm to a person under age 18.4

New Jersey prohibits any person from selling, giving, transferring, assigning or otherwise disposing of handgun ammunition to a person under age 21.5

See our Minimum Age to Purchase and Possess policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-6.1a. For additional exceptions, see N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-6. ⤴︎
  2. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-3c(4). ⤴︎
  3. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-6.1b. ⤴︎
  4. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-10e. ⤴︎
  5. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-3.3c. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in New Mexico

New Mexico prohibits any person under age 19 from knowingly possessing or transporting a handgun.1 Exceptions to this prohibition include:

  • Attending a hunter’s safety course or handgun safety course;
  • Target shooting at an authorized shooting range or an area where the discharge of a handgun without legal justification is not prohibited by law;
  • Competing in an organized handgun shooting competition;
  • Legally hunting or trapping;
  • Traveling with an unloaded handgun to or from an activity listed above; or
  • Possessing a handgun on real property under the control and supervision of the parent, grandparent or guardian of the underage individual.2

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in New Mexico.

State law prohibits any person under age 18 from hunting with a firearm unless he or she is in possession of a certificate indicating successful completion of a state-approved hunter training course.3

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N. M. Stat. Ann. § 30-7-2.2. ⤴︎
  2. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-7-2.2(A). ⤴︎
  3. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 17-2-33. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in New York

New York law prohibits anyone under age 21 from obtaining a license to possess or carry a handgun.1

Persons under the age of 16 generally may not possess any firearms or ammunition in New York.2

New York penalizes transferring a firearm to a person who is or reasonably appears to be less than nineteen years of age if the seller is not legally authorized to possess a firearm.3

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase or Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(1)(a). Honorably discharged U.S. military or New York National Guard personnel are excluded. Id. ⤴︎
  2. N.Y. Penal Law § 265.05. This law does not apply to the possession of a rifle or shotgun (or the appropriate ammunition) by the holder of a hunting license or permit used in accordance with state law. Id. In addition, persons between the ages of 12 and 15 may use and possess firearms (not including assault weapons) at a shooting range if under the “immediate supervision, guidance and instruction” of a military officer, certified instructor, parent, guardian, or otherwise qualified person as provided by statute. N.Y. Penal Law § 265.20(a)(7), (16). ⤴︎
  3. N.Y. Penal Law § 265.16. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in North Carolina

North Carolina law prohibits any person under the age of 18 from willfully and intentionally possessing or carrying a handgun, unless the minor:

  • Possesses the handgun for educational or recreational purposes while supervised by an adult who is present;
  • Is emancipated and possesses the handgun inside his or her residence; or
  • Possesses the handgun while hunting outside the limits of an incorporated municipality and has written permission from a parent or guardian.1

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in North Carolina.

It is a misdemeanor in North Carolina for any person to knowingly permit a child under age 12 to have access to, or possession, custody, or use in any manner of any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, unless the person has the permission of the child’s parent or guardian, and the child is under the supervision of an adult.2

Additionally, North Carolina prohibits any person from causing, encouraging, or aiding a minor who is less than age 18 to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any firearm on educational property.3 Moreover, subject to very limited exceptions, North Carolina imposes a felony on any person who sells, offers for sale, gives or transfers a handgun to a person under the age of 18.4

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-269.7. ⤴︎
  2. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-316(a). ⤴︎
  3. N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-269.2(c). ⤴︎
  4. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-315. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in North Dakota

A person under the age of 18 may not possess a handgun except while under the direct supervision of an adult for purposes of firearm safety training, target shooting, or hunting.1 It is a misdemeanor to sell, barter, hire, lend, or give a handgun to a “minor,” except while the minor is under the direct supervision of an adult and for the purpose of firearm safety training, target shooting, or hunting.2

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in North Dakota.3 North Dakota also does not penalize sales or transfers of long guns to minors.

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-01. ⤴︎
  2. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-03-02. ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Ohio

Ohio law prohibits the purchase of a firearm by any person under age 18, and the purchase of a handgun by any person under age 21.1 Ohio law also generally prohibits selling or furnishing a firearm to a person under age 18, or a handgun to a person under age 21.2

Ohio provides no minimum age for the possession of firearms, although federal age restrictions still apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.211(A), (B). ⤴︎
  2. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.21(A)(1)-(3). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Oklahoma

Oklahoma prohibits a child (person under age 18) from possessing any firearm except for participation in hunting animals, hunter safety classes, education and training in the safe use and handling of firearms, target shooting, or skeet, trap or other sporting events or competitions (provided the child is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms).1

In addition, whenever a person under age 18 is detained or arrested by a law enforcement officer and is carrying any firearm prohibited by state law, the firearm may be confiscated and forfeited to the state.2

Oklahoma also bars any person from selling or giving to a child under age 18 any firearm, provided that this “shall not prohibit a parent of a child or legal guardian of a child, or a person acting with the permission of the parent of the child or legal guardian of the child, from giving the child a firearm for participation in hunting animals or fowl, hunter safety classes, education and training in the safe use and handling of firearms, target shooting, skeet, trap or other sporting events or competitions…”3

Any person who violates these provisions is liable for civil damages for injury or death to any person and for any property damage resulting from any discharge of a firearm by the child.4 Federal law imposes additional age restrictions.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, §§ 1273 (C), (E), 1283(D). ⤴︎
  2. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1271.1(A). ⤴︎
  3. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1273(A), (E). ⤴︎
  4. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1273(D). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Oregon

Oregon prohibits any person under age 18 from knowingly possessing a firearm.1 A minor is not prohibited from possessing a firearm:

  • Other than a handgun, if the firearm was transferred to the minor by the minor’s parent or guardian or by another person with the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian; or
  • Temporarily for hunting, target practice or any other lawful purpose.2

In addition, Oregon prohibits any person from selling, delivering or otherwise transferring a firearm to anyone under age 18.3 Exceptions to this prohibition allow a minor’s parent or guardian to consent to the transfer of a long gun to the minor and allow the temporary transfer of a firearm to a minor for hunting, target practice or any other lawful purpose.4 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits regarding handguns.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(1)(c)(A). ⤴︎
  2. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(2)(a). ⤴︎
  3. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.470(1)(a). ⤴︎
  4. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.470(3). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Pennsylvania

Subject to certain exceptions, a person under the age of 18 may not possess or transport a firearm anywhere in Pennsylvania.1 This prohibition does not apply to a minor who is under the supervision of a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or an adult acting with the permission of the minor’s parent or legal guardian and the minor is engaged in lawful activity, such as safety training, target shooting, or organized firearm competition. In addition, the prohibition does not apply to a minor who is lawfully hunting or trapping in accordance with the Game and Wildlife Code.2

Any person who knowingly and intentionally delivers or provides a firearm to a minor commits a felony of the third degree and the firearm is subject to seizure by law enforcement.3 Pennsylvania law also prohibits any person from selling or leasing any deadly weapon or cartridge to any person under age 18.4

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6110.1(a). ⤴︎
  2. 34 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 101 et seq. ⤴︎
  3. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6110.1(c), (d). ⤴︎
  4. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6302. This prohibition does not apply to hunting by minors in accordance with the Game and Wildlife Code, 34 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 101 et seq. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Rhode Island

To possess and use any firearms and ammunition, Rhode Island citizens must be at least 18 years of age, unless:

  • The minor holds a permit to be engaged in training at a camp or rifle range under the written consent of a parent or guardian and in the presence of a parent, guardian or other supervising adult;1
  • The minor is engaged in hunting under the supervision of a parent, guardian or qualified adult; or
  • The minor is in reserve officer training, target shooting or parade activities.2

A person must also be at least 21 years of age to purchase a handgun in Rhode Island.3 The state also prohibits any person from selling a handgun to any individual under age 21.4

Rhode Island also generally prohibits any person from selling, transferring, giving, conveying or causing to be sold, transferred, given or conveyed, any firearm or ammunition to any person under age 18, when the person knows or has reason to know that the recipient is under age 18.5

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-33, 11-47-34. ⤴︎
  2. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-32, 11-47-33. ⤴︎
  3. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-35(a)(1). ⤴︎
  4. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-37. ⤴︎
  5. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-30, 11-47-31. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in South Carolina

South Carolina prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing or acquiring a handgun.1 It is  also unlawful  for any person to knowingly sell, offer for sale, deliver, lease, rent, barter, or exchange any handgun to any person under age 18, but this does not apply to the temporary loan of handguns for instructions under the immediate supervision of a parent or adult instructor.2

There is no minimum age to purchase or possess rifles in South Carolina.

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-30. ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in South Dakota

South Dakota law prohibits any person under age 18 from knowingly possessing a handgun.1 This prohibition does not apply if the minor has the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian to possess a handgun and:

  • Is in the parent’s or guardian’s presence;
  • Is on premises owned or leased by the minor or his or her parent, guardian or immediate family member;
  • Is in the presence of a licensed or accredited gun safety instructor; or
  • Is using the handgun for farming, ranching, hunting, trapping, target shooting or gun safety instruction.2

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in South Dakota. South Dakota only prohibits transfer of a firearm or ammunition to a minor if the seller knows or reasonably believes that the minor intended, at the time of transfer, to use the firearm or ammunition in the commission or attempted commission of a crime of violence.3

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits. See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

For additional information related to child safety, see the South Dakota Child Access Prevention section.

Notes
  1. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-44. A South Dakota resident hunting license may be issued to any resident age 16 or older. S.D. Codified Laws § 41-6-13. A minor between the ages of 12 and 16 years may be issued a hunting license, but the minor under age 16 may hunt only if accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. Id., S.D. Codified Laws § 41-6-12. The license is valid only for the license year. Id. Furthermore, before a hunting license will be granted to a child between the ages of 11 and 16, he or she must comply with the firearm safety instruction required under S.D. Codified Laws § 41-7-1. S.D. Codified Laws § 41-6-14. ⤴︎
  2. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-45. ⤴︎
  3. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-46. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Tennessee

Tennessee prohibits any juvenile (person under age 18)1 from knowingly possessing a handgun.2

No person may intentionally, knowingly or recklessly sell, loan or make a gift of a firearm to a minor (person under 18 years of age).3) The transferor may claim as a defense to prosecution that the firearm was loaned or given to a minor for the purposes of hunting, trapping, fishing, camping, sport shooting or any other lawful sporting activity, and the transferor is not required to obtain a license under Tennessee gun dealer laws.4

Tennessee also prohibits any person from intentionally, knowingly or recklessly providing a handgun, with or without remuneration, to any person the seller or transferor knows or has reason to believe is a juvenile.5 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in Tennessee.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1319(a)(2). ⤴︎
  2. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1319(b). For a list of affirmative defenses a juvenile may raise when being prosecuted for knowingly possessing a handgun, see Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1319(d)(1). ⤴︎
  3. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1303(a)(1). (Minor is defined under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-11-106(a)(23). ⤴︎
  4. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1303(b). ⤴︎
  5. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1320(a). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Texas

There is no minimum age to possess firearms under Texas law. Texas law prohibits intentionally or knowingly selling, renting, leasing, or giving or offering to sell, rent, lease, or give any firearm to any child younger than age 18.1 However, it is an affirmative defense to this offense that the parent or the person having legal custody of the minor had given written permission for the sale or, if the transfer was other than a sale, the parent or person having legal custody had given effective consent.2 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

For additional information related to child safety, see the Texas Child Access Prevention section.

Notes
  1. Tex. Penal Code § 46.06(a)(2). ⤴︎
  2. Tex. Penal Code § 46.06(c). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in the District of Columbia

Generally, no person under age 21 may obtain a registration certificate, which prevents such individuals from lawfully possessing a firearm (see the District of Columbia Background Checks section and the section entitled District of Columbia Prohibited Purchasers Generally for further information).1 The Chief of Police may, however, issue a registration certificate to an applicant between the ages of 18 and 21 years old, who is otherwise qualified, if the application is accompanied by a notarized statement of the applicant’s parent or guardian verifying that:

  • The applicant has the permission of his or her parent or guardian to own and use the firearm to be registered; and
  • The parent or guardian assumes civil liability for all damages resulting from the actions of the applicant in the use of the firearm to be registered.2

District regulations prohibit the possession of any firearm by a person under age 18.3

The District generally prohibits the sale of any handgun to a purchaser under age 21.4 Moreover, any person who knowingly or intentionally transfers a firearm or ammunition to a person under age 18 is criminally liable for a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 10 years.5

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. D.C. Code Ann. § 7-2502.03(a)(1). ⤴︎
  2. Id. Such registration certificate expires on the person’s 21st birthday. ⤴︎
  3. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2301.1. ⤴︎
  4. D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4507. ⤴︎
  5. D.C. Code Ann. § 7-2507.06(1). See also D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2302.1, 2302.3 (generally prohibiting the transfer of any firearm or ammunition to a person under age 18). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Utah

Utah law provides that no person under age 18 may possess a handgun, sawed-off rifle, sawed–off shotgun, or fully automatic weapon.1 The state further prohibits any person under 18 years of age from possessing any other firearm (i.e., a rifle or shotgun) unless he or she:

  • Has the permission of one’s parent or guardian to have the weapon; or
  • Is accompanied by a parent or guardian while in possession of the gun.2

Exceptions regarding possession of handguns by minors include any person:

  • Firing at lawfully operated target concessions at amusement parks, piers, and similar locations provided the firearms to be used are firmly chained or affixed to the counters;
  • In attendance at a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety course;
  • Engaging in practice or any other lawful use of a firearm at an established range or any other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited by state or local law;
  • Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or participating in or practicing for such competition;
  • Under age 18 who is on real property with the permission of the owner, licensee, or lessee of the property and who has the permission of a parent or legal guardian or the owner, licensee, or lessee to possess a firearm not otherwise in violation of law;
  • Who is a resident or nonresident hunter with a valid hunting license or other person who is lawfully engaged in hunting; or
  • Traveling to or from any activity described above with an unloaded firearm in one’s possession (except the provision related to target concessions where the firearms must be firmly chained or affixed to the counters).3

Any person under 14 years of age in possession of a dangerous weapon shall be accompanied by a responsible adult.4 A “dangerous weapon” is “any item that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.”5

An applicant for a concealed firearms permit must be 21 years of age or older.6 Applicants between the ages of 18 and 20 may apply for a provisional permit that allows the permittee to carry in the state without restriction except for elementary and secondary school campuses.7

Utah prohibits any person from selling handguns or long guns to a person under age 18 unless the person is accompanied by a parent or guardian.8

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509.4. ⤴︎
  2. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509. ⤴︎
  3. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-512. ⤴︎
  4. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509(2). ⤴︎
  5. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-501(5)(a). ⤴︎
  6. Utah Code Ann. § 53-5-704(1). ⤴︎
  7. Utah Code Ann. §§ 53-5-707.5; 53-5-710(2). ⤴︎
  8. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509.9. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Vermont

Vermont law allows any person age 16 or older to possess a handgun without the consent of a parent or guardian.1 There is no minimum age to possess a rifle or shotgun in Vermont.

Vermont law allows firearm sales to anyone age 16 or older.2

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4008. ⤴︎
  2. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4007. This prohibition does not apply to “an instructor or teacher who furnishes firearms to pupils for instruction and drill.” Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Virginia

Virginia prohibits any person under age 18 from knowingly and intentionally possessing or transporting a handgun or assault firearm, or a shotgun “which will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered,” anywhere in Virginia.1 This section does not apply to any person:

  • While in his or her home or on his or her property or in the home or on the property of his or her parent, grandparent, or legal guardian;
  • On another person’s property if he or she has the landowner’s written permission on his or her person while on such property, and his or her parent or legal guardian has granted permission;
  • Who, while accompanied by an adult, is at, or going to and from, a lawful shooting range or firearms educational class, provided that the weapons are unloaded while being transported; or
  • Actually engaged in lawful hunting or going to and from a hunting area or preserve, provided that the weapons are unloaded while being transported.

Virginia law also prohibits anyone from furnishing a handgun to a person under age 18, having good cause to believe that he or she is a minor. This rule does not apply to a transfer made between family members or for the purpose of engaging in a sporting event or activity.2

There is no minimum age to purchase or possess rifles in Virginia.

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-308.7. In addition to other criminal penalties, a court that has found a child at least 13 years of age guilty of the unlawful use or possession of a handgun or a “Striker 12, commonly called a ‘streetsweeper'” must order that the child be denied a driver’s license. Va. Code Ann. § 16.1-278.9. The denial of driving privileges shall be for at least 30 days, except when the offense involves possession of a concealed handgun or a striker 12 or any semi-automatic folding stock shotgun with a spring tension drum magazine capable of holding 12 shotgun shells, in which case the denial of driving privileges shall be for two years unless the offense is committed by a child under the age of 16 years and three months, in which event the child’s ability to apply for a driver’s license shall be delayed for a period of two years following the date he reaches the age of 16 and three months. Id. ⤴︎
  2. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-309. See also Va. Code Ann. § 1-207 (defining “minor”). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Washington

In Washington, a person under age 18 may not own or possess a firearm, unless he or she is:

  • In attendance at a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety course;
  • Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located or any other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited;
  • Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm;
  • Participating in or practicing for a performance by an organized group that uses firearms as a part of the performance;
  • Hunting or trapping under a valid license;
  • In an area where the discharge of a firearm is permitted, when the individual is not trespassing and is either:

At least 14 years of age, having been issued a hunter safety certificate, and using a lawful firearm other than a handgun; or
Under the supervision of a parent, guardian, or other adult approved for the purpose by the parent or guardian;

  • Traveling with an unloaded firearm to or from any activity described above;
  • On real property under the control of his or her parent, other relative, or legal guardian and has permission of the parent or legal guardian to possess a firearm;
  • At his or her residence and, with the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian, in possession of a firearm for the purpose of lawful self-defense, defense of others, or defense of property; or
  • A member of the armed forces of the United States, National Guard, or organized reserves, when on duty.1

Washington law provides that, unless one of the above exceptions applies,2 persons who are at least 18 years of age, but under age 21 may possess a handgun only:3

  • In the person’s “place of abode;”
  • At the person’s fixed place of business; or
  • On real property under his or her control.

In addition, an applicant for a concealed pistol license must be 21 years of age or older.4

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 9.41.040(2)(a)(iii), 9.41.042. ⤴︎
  2. See Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 9.41.050 or 9.41.060 for additional exceptions. ⤴︎
  3. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.240. ⤴︎
  4. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.070(1)(c). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in West Virginia

Any person under age 18, who is not married or otherwise emancipated, may not possess any deadly weapon.1 However, under certain circumstances, it is permissible for a person under age 18 to carry a deadly weapon, including a concealable firearm, when:

  • The weapon is possessed on private property with the permission of the person’s parent or guardian and of the owner of the property;
  • The possession is pursuant to lawful hunting; or
  • Traveling between sites where the person may lawfully possess such a weapon.2

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

 

Notes
  1. W. Va. Code §§ 61-7-2(9); 61-7-8. As defined by state law for purposes of this section, a “deadly weapon” includes, but is not limited to, any pistol or revolver. ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Wisconsin

Wisconsin generally prohibits the intentional transfer of any firearm to an individual under age 18.1

The state also generally prohibits the possession of a firearm by any person under age 18.2

These restrictions do not apply, however, when the firearm is being used by a person under age 18 when supervised by an adult during target practice or a course of instruction.3

Wisconsin law generally provides that for hunting purposes, the minimum age for possession or control of a firearm is age 12.4 A person age 12 but under age 14 may not hunt without being accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or a person at least 18 years of age who is designated by the parent or guardian.5 A young person 12 to 14 years of age also may possess a firearm if he or she is enrolled in instruction under the state hunter education program and is carrying the firearm in a case, unloaded, to or from that class, or is handling or operating the firearm during that class under the supervision of an instructor.6

Federal age restrictions also apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Wis. Stat. § 948.60(2)(b). ⤴︎
  2. Wis. Stat. § 948.60(2)(a). These restrictions only apply to a person under age 18 who possesses or is armed with a rifle or a shotgun if the firearm is a short-barreled rifle or short-barreled shotgun, or if the person is not in compliance with the hunting regulations set forth in Wis. Stat. §§ 29.304 and 29.593. ⤴︎
  3. Wis. Stat. § 948.60(3). ⤴︎
  4. Wis. Stat. § 29.304(1)(a). ⤴︎
  5. Wis. Stat. § 29.304(2). ⤴︎
  6. Wis. Stat. § 29.304(2)(b)2. For additional information on restricting the use of firearms by persons under age 16, see section 29.304(2), (3), and (5). ⤴︎

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Wyoming

Wyoming’s Firearms Freedom Act states that to purchase a firearm covered by the Act a person must be at least 21 years of age if the firearm is a handgun, or 18 years of age if the firearm is a shotgun or rifle.1 See the section entitled Wyoming Prohibited Purchasers Generally for more information about this Act.

Federal age restrictions also apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Wyo. Stat. § 6-8-404(d). ⤴︎