A handgun cannot legally be purchased by those under 21. The law prevents anyone from selling handguns to anyone that is under the age of 21 years old. No type of firearm, by law, can be sold, loaned or transferred to an individual that is under the age of 18. There are some exceptions to this law. For example, if a parent decides to transfer ownership of a long gun to their child (an example would be in the event of a parent death); there are certain situations where this is allowed.
As of January 1, 2019; licensed dealers are not allowed to sell or transfer firearms to any individual that is under the age of 21; unless that person works for law enforcement or has joined the military. These laws are also applied to private sellers as well when the transaction takes place through a licensed dealer. The law does permit certain types of sales to take place if the dealer is not licensed. These incidents would be such as an uncle selling to his nephew. In California; no one under the age of 18 can be sold ammunition. They must also have a firearm safety certificate.
Minors are not permitted in the state of California, by law, to be in possession of a handgun. There are situations in which children can get permission and supervision from their parents to operate a handgun. There are also competitive sports in which minors can participate. Minors can take part in sports such as hunting, shooting, ranching, and any type of theatrical event that includes a firearm; with their parents’ permission of course.
When it comes to minors in California; there are laws to prevent children from having access to firearms. If an individual has a loaded firearm where it is reasonable that a child can access it without the permission of their guardian; if the child does gain access to the firearm and takes it to a public place and threatens or injure someone with the firearm the person that owns the firearm can be criminally charged. The charges increase if the child murders someone or severely injures someone. You can also be held liable if you have a gun on your property in a location that a child can get to it without the permission of their guardian, and they harm someone.
Gun Ranges are designed to provide individuals with a safe place to use firearms. However, there are restrictions. Shooting Ranges in California must follow the state laws and the ordinances in their area. You need to be knowledgeable of the laws and ordinances and stay-up-to-date on any changes that are made. Each local government can pass zoning ordinances that decide how a shooting range can be used and by who. They can decide the ages that can be used and any exceptions that can be made.
California law defines a shooting range as an area that is designed for people to shoot different types of firearms. Shooting ranges can be used for individual sporting or for training for professions such as police officers. An indoor shooting range is a facility that is completely enclosed and used for the same purposes. These laws are important when looking at how old you must be to use a shooting range. Because of the laws, shooting range ages may vary. Some shooting ranges will allow 18 and up; depending on the type of firearm being used. Others allow 21 and older. There are some shooting ranges that will allow individuals under the age of 18; if they are accompanied by a guardian and the guardian gives permission. It is important to know the policies for the gun range you are going to. Most will have this information posted on their website, or you can give them a call, to find out their policies on who can and cannot enter the facility.