It looks as though Florida’s “anti-age” law is totally backfiring. And one of America’s biggest Second Amendment groups is reaping the benefits.
The Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington, has been seeing extremely significant growth in both their membership and their donations within the last month. And almost all of the people responsible for this change are coming from one single demographic.
According to The Second Amendment Foundation, this significant increase has been coming from members and donors who are between the ages of 18 and 20. This demographic alone has been responsible for the group’s 12-fold increase.
So why the upswing in memberships and donations? According to Guns.com:
During that time, several states as well as members of both parties on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue have floated efforts to up the minimum age for gun sales from 18 to 21.
“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group, since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s founder. “But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed.”
According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13 million Americans aged 18, 19 or 20. While the minimum legal age to purchase a handgun has been 21 since 1968, those under the legal drinking age can still currently buy long arms such as rifles and shotguns as well as vote, enter into contracts and join the military.
Florida recently upped their age limit to 21 in the wake of a shooting by a 19-year-old that left more than a dozen dead at a high school in Parkland. That move brought a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association. Two other states, Hawaii and Illinois, had previously set a minimum age of 21 buy any gun, with the latter making exceptions for adults under that age if they are in the military or have a parent or guardian co-sign for a firearms ID card.
While SAF did not report how many new advocates they have, the group says they have “650,000 members and supporters.”
For the last few years, the NRA has been boasting about its 5-million member organization. And left-leaning publications are vouching for at least 4 million of these.
In addition, the NRA has also reportedly been experiencing an upswing in their memberships over the past 30 days. Other national organizations, such as Gun Owners Of America, have also been experiencing similar changes.
In contrast, national gun control groups’ membership numbers have been shifting rapidly. For instance, according to an ABC article Moms Demand Action has been garnering about 3,000 members nationwide.
Meanwhile, the group has an ally in Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown. And the duo have been insisting they have over 4.5 million supporters and 250,000 donors total.