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Republican Legislators Look to Lower Arizona's Concealed-Carry Age to 19 for Military Members

Some Arizona lawmakers are proposing lowering the age limit for a concealed-weapon permit to 19 for military members.

Although a concealed-weapon permit isn't required for people 21 or older, the permit process still exists, and this new legislation would allow military members as young as 19 to obtain a permit.

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The legislation, House Bill 2103, is sponsored or co-sponsored by 13 Republican legislators.

If a member of the military was honorably or generally discharged before age 21, he or she would still be eligible to get the concealed-carry permit under this bill.

The bill is one of about a dozen firearm-related bills proposed so far during this legislative session, which just got under way last week.

Although Arizona law generally allows people over age 18 to openly carry a firearm, the age is raised to 21 for those who want to carry a concealed weapon.

The need for a concealed-carry permit was removed by legislation that went into effect in 2010.

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