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My 11 yo daughter and my (her) guns

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The video is of the creator’s 11-year-old daughter shooting a rifle at some targets, while her father coaches her on shooting techniques. In the latter half of the video, the girl is shown shooting a handgun.

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Gun laws in the United States – specifically those that have to do with minimum legal age requirement for gun possession – are actually surprisingly loose.

Federal law bans handgun ownership by any person under 18 years old, with some exceptions. But there is no minimum age for long gun ownership, such as rifles and shotguns. 20 states and the District of Columbia have their own minimum age laws, ranging from 14 in Montana to 21 in Illinois, but in the other 30 states, it’s technically legal for children to possess long guns.

This does not mean kids can purchase guns, however. Federal laws are in place regulating the sales of guns to people at least 18 years old. But if a dad wants to give his daughter a rifle for her birthday, for example, he’s pretty much free to do that in many states. It’s also legal in many states for children to shoot guns of all kinds at firing ranges, so long as an adult or instructor is present.

In Iowa, lawmakers have recently passed a bill earlier this year that allows children of all ages to handle guns. Approved by a 62-36 vote, the bill lets children under the age of 14 to have “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” as long as there is parental supervision. The bill headed to the state Senate in February 2016. Those in favor of the bill said that it is about giving power back to the parents, so that kids don’t turn 18 without any experience. The bill’s supporters also said that it was a necessary step as parent’s decisions regarding their children are not supposed to include the government.

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