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Jarhead105

OK, so I can serve my country at 18, but I can't buy alcohol, or a handgun until I am 21? Why are the laws this way?

I served a year in the Army, and I have friends in the military who are under 21 that have done combat tours over seas. Why can't we get alcohol? Why can't we buy a handgun to defend ourselves against violence at home? makes no sense to me. Someone please explain!

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Because when you enlist in the service you receive training and instruction. When you drink or buy a gun there are not any instructions. And for some reason they decided 21 was the magic number. 8)

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Jarhead105
Weapons come with instructions, and they told us that if we drink we just shouldnt do anything stupid.
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The legal age to purchase alcohol in Australia is 18, but guns are illegal. So move to Australia? haha.

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Well, I would but I like firearms to much, I would rather go over there and get a Sheila and a couple beers, then bring her back to the states to live.
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well thats how it is! and your doin gun training anyway in the army. about the alcohol, i dont get it either!

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Jarhead105
I want a weapon to carry off post. In case of gang bangers, and so forth.
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i think they made this for you to learn how to use the gun and then to buy it
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Jarhead105
I have known how to use a weapon since five years of age. I can legally buy an assault rifle, but not a handgun due to age laws.
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i dont know... anw is your state dangerous? i mean i lived in detroit and it was very easy to buy an illegal glock
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Jarhead105
its kinda dangerous, but there are alot of idiots here.
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if its not that necessary, get a metal baseball bat for now
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Jarhead105
it is necessary, we have idiots pulling revolvers on people, and knives. Im not taking any chances.
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i dont know man... welcome to the usa...
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Because at the age of 18 in society you are considered an adult but your brain has not yet fully developed until you are 21. it is to keep yourself and others around you safe.

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Actually your brain isn't finished developing until you are 24.
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but it has developed enough to were you are not completely immature....thats what i was getting at
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I'm older than that and my head is covered in brains it never quit developing.lmao
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you can always learn more, and thats a good thing lol
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Jarhead105
anybody I know can tell you i never use alcohol and firearms at the same time, and i am very precautious. My brain may not be done developing, but that doesnt stop me from voting or driving.
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But that is different, ik it dosent seem like it but they are set that way for a reason. and it is for the greater good. you will just have to wait
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Laws are that way because u don't mature until you are 21

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I think you missed the whole military part.
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I don't think 3/4 of the population is mature even at 21. It's all due tithe columbine massacre. That's when the gun laws changed.
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U can't be in military when u under 21. And u can't by alcohol until u r 21 its the law. And it is legal to have a handgun to protect yourself the law changed a while ago
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uhmm... I was in the military at 18 chick, I am getting back in soon, and im only 19. learn how to spell BRL. I can have a handgun to defend myself here in Indiana, it is legal, but I cant buy it until 21.
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Why would u want to buy in the first place Jarhead105
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personal protection and target practice at the range.
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No I mean alchol
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I like to chill and drink, its not that big of a deal, but I would like to be able to go out to the bar with my freinds.
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When then just wait till u r 21 unless u want to be arrested for the rest of your life
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Gun store employees have told me you can have someone over 21 gift you a handgun. It's just a little paperwork. The sheriff can also authorize you to buy a handgun under the age of 21.

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This is very true. I have a gun and im not 21 :)
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You still can't conceal publicly until your 21 though.
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oh ik i dont even take it out in public unless im going to the range
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that depends on where you're located. In Indiana you can own a handgun at 18 and conceal carry or open carry. You still cant purchase a handgun from a gun store till your 21 though
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But you need a license to conceal, no? How does one expect to obtain one without even being able to buy the gun in the first place? Stupid laws.
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Jarhead105
I can carry concealed in my state at 18, but I cant buy it yet.
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That's pretty silly.
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yea, but its the law..
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Well I believe most have realized by now that the law will give us all a headache sometimes.
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for sure, more like a migrane. lol
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Cuz our government is every where these days

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Because eighteen year olds act rashly the reason their allowed in is because the Army whips them into shape not just physically but mentally and emotionally.

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either way, being a soldier, and the way I was raised makes me a mature individual for my age.
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Oh doll I know I'm just saying you are probably the exception to the rule like myself I've never fully been a teenager ever I think and act older but most people my age don't so they look at the majority not the exceptions because those are few and far in between. Just a little more time ;) at least your legal be thankful for that xD
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I try to stay within the limits of the law, but there is so much red tape anymore..
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Hey as long as your being smart a little tweaking now and then is okay but you didn't hear it from me :P
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a little tweaking?
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Lol oh never mind
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rshackleford

Too many irresponsible slackers ruined it for you.

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true dat.
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The gun laws changed when columbine high school shooting happened. They moved the age to 21 for hand guns since they can be concealed. At the age of 18 most people are still in high school so they moved it up to the 21 limit. However the alcohol came from MADD. They have changed so much. In Colorado u used to be able to drink 3.2%alcohol beer. Now they have gotten rid of that too. It's not logical and I think that anyone that is fighting in the armed forces should have a reprieve on these laws. That is my opinion and will never happen but it the way it is.

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left wingers.... *shakes head slowly
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im glad to have at least you on my side. :)
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Absolutely.
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Im going in war too, i try to make it in my life, but in my way, theres you, so i drink and own one anyway im 19 anyway.

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because dude just live with it

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Idk but it's a bunch of bull. I'm 13 and I don't drink of course but I can handle a rifle with care and safety. I took a hunters safety course with my dad and I got 100%. I don't own a gun because I don't have the money but I know to check the surroundings in case of people and to keep my finger off the trigger and to say that the chambers clear and the safety's on when I hand the gun over to someone

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I have owned assault rifles and shotguns, but can't buy a handgun yet. You sound like a prime example of a responsilbe young man. Hats off to you, and Semper Fi.
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Thanks, and the same to you.
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Amen

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you are studied

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yea
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To save a stupid 18 year old from himself.

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im 19 and not stupid. sorry to disappoint you.
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*dissapoint
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Shut up bawn' you're a stupid EIGHT year old
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It's because other people think they know what's best for you. You're old enough to possibly die for your country, but not smart enough to be able to drink responsibly.

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because your mind is not fully functioning until you are 20. the age is 21 in case you're running late on brain systems. that's why kids do stew-pit things. >|^)

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becuz thats jst the way the laws r. there is no rhyme or reason to it....i dont think 1 has anything to do with the other. maybe they think at 18 you exercise poor judgement where as 3 yrs later you are deemed to know what your doing and can make better choices..but that isn't always the case either.

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Back in the 1980s the Feds blackmailed the states to change their state drinking age to 21 or lose highway funding.

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Its unfair. Supposedly your not mature enough. But most older people aren't either. I personally think if can you die for this country that you should be able to drink. But am the minority.

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