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Understanding Utah's Age Limits for Buying Guns

Understanding Utah's Age Limits for Buying Guns

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Ashley Hayes Reporting A question we have been taking a closer look at is whether the 18-year-old shooter legally obtained the two guns he used in Monday's shootings.

We've been calling gun shops, instructors and other experts to find out what the requirements are for buying guns. And we found there are age restrictions for purchasing certain weapons, but there are also loopholes.

Sulejman Talovic was carrying both a .38-caliber pistol and a shotgun when he entered Trolley Square. Police are using the makes, models and serial numbers from the weapons to trace them back to the manufacturers. They are hoping through this process they will find out how Talovic got his hands on them.

So could have he have done it legally? From what we understand, to buy a handgun in Utah the buyer must be 21 years old. However, if a parent buys a gun for their son or daughter, who is under the age of 21, then it is considered legal. As far as rifles are concerned, to accommodate hunters, a buyer only needs to be 18.

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