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Should 18 to 21-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Carry Weapons?

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, who represents portions of Cherokee and Bartow County, introduced a bill that would allow those with military training to get a Georgia weapons carry license.

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, has introduced Senate Bill 74, which would authorize military-trained 18- to 21-year-olds to be issued a Georgia weapons carry license.

"Our military personnel are highly trained in the use of firearms," Loudermilk said in a press release. "We send them to professional military training where they are taught how to properly and safely carry and use these weapons. Even as young as seventeen, we train them, issue them a weapon and send them to patrol some of the most dangerous streets in the world where they are faced with making instantaneous life or death decisions. However, when they come home, we tell them that they are not responsible enough to legally carry a weapon for their own protection or for professional purposes."

SB 74 would allow any Georgia resident between the ages of 18 and 21 who has graduated basic military training with any branch of the U.S. military or the Coast Guard to secure a weapons carry license.

"There are jobs available in the security industry and private investigation, where employers are seeking to hire these experienced and well disciplined individuals to fill positions," Loudermilk said. "SB 74 would open up opportunities in these careers for our returning veterans, who can apply the training and skills they have received while serving our country."

SB 74 is currently awaiting assignment to a committee.  

Loudermilk represents portions of Cartersville and Bartow County.

What do you think? Should military-trained 18- to 21-year-old be allowed to get a weapons carry license in Georgia? Tell us in the comments. 

Frank Jones January 31, 2013 at 09:57 PM
No. While an 18 year old may carry a weapon on a military base and on the battlefield, allowing them to be armed in public is not prudent. Ask a psychologist and they'll tell you that the brain of an 18-21 year old is still maturing and they make bad decisions. Put that together with guns, drugs and alcohol, and you've got trouble.
Kevin Z February 01, 2013 at 03:02 PM
This bill is absolutely absurd. You want to entrust a teenager with a gun? It doesn't matter what training he has had, his mental capacities are not mature enough to handle carrying a gun in normal day-to-day situations. The streets of Atlanta, Woodstock, etc., are not a war zone. We have families playing outside, kids riding bikes, people out shopping - it terrifies me to think that the teenager driving next to me or walking next to me in the park is carrying a gun. Heck, it terrifies me that anyone is carrying a gun. Do you not listen to the news? It takes one mentally challenged person to get his/her hands on it - and lives are immediately at risk.
Kevin Z February 01, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Why don't you listen to Gabby Giffords who can speak on this issue and has been obviously affected. I think you could come up with a better solution rather than lets just let everyone have a gun.
nike February 01, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Georgia alreadly allows anyone, adult or child, to carry or posses a rifle or shotgun while in public wihtout any restrictions based on age. Kevin Z does not know anything about Georgia Law, as is evidenced by his lack of understanding that a teenager can already carry a rifle or shotgun ina public park and can also have a handgun in his or her car. Why would anyone be opposed to the public possesion of a handgun by teenager who has been trained by The United States Military? Obviously, Kevin Z has diffrent values then the rest of the good people of Cherokee County.
Georgia Moderate February 01, 2013 at 10:54 PM
nike, are you so naive to think that all ex-military are safe, upstanding citizens? I'd point you to Robert Lee Yates, who served 19 years in the Army, receiving several medals of honor. He is currently on death row for mass murder. Timothy McVeigh and David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz were also ex-military. So your point is not valid, as ANYONE could be a mass murderer.
Tony February 01, 2013 at 11:17 PM
If you're old enough to put your life on the line for our country the you're old enough to carry a gun wherever you want to. These "maturing" teens that are "still maturing" are risking their lives for YOUR freedom show some damn respect. they should be able to carry whatever they want.
Wake up people! February 05, 2013 at 01:16 AM
God forbid we have a 18 to 20 year old military trained individual carrying a weapon! That Individual just may be able to protect themselves or others from the 16yr old blowing away your neighbor. Is an 18yr old an adult? In the laws eyes they are, then let them carry.... Anyone who belives that a military trained individual with a weapon is more dangerous to the general public than the 13yr to 17yr old hood rat down the street is with his mac10 is living in ObamaLand!!! If you are old enough to die by the the gun, you are old enough to protect your self by the gun!
Wake up people! February 05, 2013 at 01:28 AM
And I hate to break it to you, my 10yr old is efficient with the AR-15... Any idea what my 14yr old can do with it? Both of them not only can be very proficient with shooting the weapon, but they can also tear down the weapon. Hate to break it to you all, but my 10yr old up against any private walking out of weapons training. IT'S NOT ABOUT AGE.... IT'S ABOUT RESPECT OF THE WEAPON!
think about it February 05, 2013 at 05:02 PM
"Wake up people", but anyone would take your comment as a threat of what your 14 year old could do to someone with a weapon. You just proved the point that young people, or apparently their parents are not mature enough nor prudent enough to understand the consequences of their actions or apparently their comments.
think about it February 05, 2013 at 05:05 PM
nike- I think its funny how you make blanket statements about Kevin Z not knowing anything about Georgia Law and about different values then the rest of the good people of Cherokee County. People can have different opinions about topics but getting your opinion out there with petty comments about other individual shows a lack of understanding or education or both. It's not what a person understands that makes a person but how they treat other people....it's called character.
Kevin Z February 05, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I didn't intend for everyone to argue about this topic. It is difficult to sit by when you know someone who has been affected by weapons. Not easy to constantly see continuing problems in society with shootings with automatic or semi-automatic weapons. I don't claim to be an expert of law or anything just wanted to share my opinion.
Georgia Moderate February 05, 2013 at 11:58 PM
What is sad is that someone is as radicalized as "Wake up people!"
Guy Fawkes March 07, 2013 at 07:21 AM
Yes, I believe 18-21 year olds, military or not, should be able to obtain a weapons carry license. In addition, I do believe to obtain said license, anybody (not just 18-21 year olds) should need to receive firearms training similar to that required of law enforcement. One thing most people debate is that more guns are used in crimes than in defense. While true numbers cannot be obtained for defensive firearms uses, I believe if more good guys and girls did carry, that second number would increase, and the first would decrease. On top of that, there's another bill floating around the house, HB 29 which would allow campus carry. While some schools don't have any crime problems, others, such as Georgia Tech, have MAJOR problems with violent crime. And why shouldn't they? If you were a criminal, who would you target, a guy in a suit (context: suits are great for concealing a weapon) walking downtown, or a student on campus who cannot legally carry a weapon?

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