Originally Posted by sheepofblue
We have a 2 tiered system. Adults and minors. Most states have restrictions on long gun ownership for minors. And prohibition on ownership of handguns for minors (that might even be Federal). So no I do not support a 16 year old having an Uzi. An adult though should own and be responsible for the gun of choice.
correct. federal. you must be 18 to own a long gun, and 21 to own a handgun. hoever, you can be 18 and be issued a weapon in the military or be 18 in some states, and be issued a duty weapon as a police officer. at the end of the shift, the duty weapon has to stay at the department.
as for tiered licensing for vehicles: IMHO, it may or may not result in less motor vehicle fatalities. a kid can kill themselves on a 125cc motorcycle, just as easy as a 1000cc bike. granted, there's a large HP difference, but the 125cc's still go fast and there are hop-up parts for all these bikes in the tiered licensing areas. (Europe)
if you go to some of the websites, the tiering is also acompanied by speed limits. the kids brag how they can make their 50cc scooter go 55 miles an hour, when by law, they're only supposed to go 35 mph and no greater.
i agree in the fact that i do not feel the need to give the government more control than they already have. if you let them govern the size of your bike, based on your age, then how long before they re-write the laws to tell you when you can ride, or what you can ride, as an adult?