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Bondi joins fight to lower gun age restrictions

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is joining with 21 other states that support a National Rifle Association effort to overturn a federal gun law.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange late last week filed a brief supporting the NRA's attempt to have a federal court strike down a law that restricts handguns to people under the age of 21. Florida and 20 other states co-signed the brief.

The lawsuit-- which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court -- seeks to end a federal prohibition on the sale of handguns by federally licensed dealers to people aged 18 through 20.

Strange maintains that many states already allow young adults to purchase guns legally.

A federal appeals court upheld the law in October 2012.

Here in Tampa, Jerry Gonzalez is never far from his favorite gun range. He owned a gun before he was old enough to drive.

"First handgun I owned, I was 15," Gonzalez said.

And now, Jerry supports what the National Rifle Association is pushing to overturn.

Right now, if an 18-year-old walks into a gun shop in Tampa looking to buy a handgun, he or she would walk away empty handed.

But that's not the case with other weapons, explains manager Jason Collazo with Shooting Sports.

"If they are interested in purchasing a rifle or a shot gun, we can assist them there. But handguns are a definite no-go, Collazo adds. Rifles and shot guns are much harder to conceal than handguns. It's a lot harder to stick one of those in your waist band than a handgun."

The NRA has filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to allow licensed gun dealers to sell handguns to those between the ages of 18 and 21.

The same law was challenged last year, but it was upheld in a lower court.

This time, though, the NRA is armed with support.

Twenty-one states and Florida's State Attorney General Pam Bondi is pushing to overturn it as well.

Which Gonzalez says should have happened a long time ago.

"If you're old enough to defend this country and give your life for this country, then you should be old enough to have a weapon," Gonzalez said.

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