Lawmaker seeks to impose minimum age for shooting

Elibeth Venegas, a lawmaker with the Partido Liberación Nacional, is seeking a change in the laws controlling firearms so that there will be a minimum age for youngsters who learn how to shoot.

She told her fellow lawmakers that the Spanish-language press reported on children from 6 to 10 years firing weapons at local ranges.

She said that someone using a weapon needs a certain maturity and that instructing children opens up the possibility of a dangerous game and teaches children that firearms serve to defend oneself and to solve conflicts.

A child lacks the mental ability to use a firearm even if they are accompanied by an adult, she said.

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