The federal voting age was moved down from 21 to 18 in 1971. The subject of is also raised in a proposed new initiative campaign by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in Washington.
The group is looking to tighten gun laws and includes common sense ideas like expanding background checks and requiring gun buyers to take a gun safety course before a purchase.
You can petition for emancipation—meaning assuming adulthood for yourself—at age 16.
In terms of the law you are an adult at 18, though for crimes like murder 16 and 17 year olds can be automatically tried as adults.
When a minor is emancipated, through court order or other means, the minor legally becomes an adult.
If you're under 18 and believe you'd be better off on your own, you'll want to learn how to get emancipated.
Before deciding, consider the following: If you’ve carefully considered your reasons for becoming emancipated and have a clear understanding of what it means to live on your own, it’s time to explore your options.
How Do You Get Emancipated Without a Legal Declaration?
This article provides an overview of the emancipation process. Many a teenager fantasizes about living on their own.
As a parent having raised two millennials, I understand there is sometimes complexity in the concept of adulthood. That, I thought, was a very adult decision, and they were both right.
Our laws tend to reflect different opinions on what we are ready for and when.
But I embraced the right to behave irresponsibly, and suffer the consequences if need be, like an adult.
Legal adulthood, as we know, does not ensure responsible behavior. Do people mature in different ways at different times? My son was ready and eager to drive at age 16, but my daughter said she wasn’t and waited a couple more years until she felt confident.