An Objective and Independent View of Proposal A
Coalition 21 Save Lives, Save Families
This initiative measure proposes to Raise
the Minimum Age for Consumption and Purchase
of Alcoholic Beverages to Twenty-One
Years of Age.
This statute will make it illegal for any licensee,
agent or employee to sell or give any
alcoholic beverages to persons under twenty-one
years of age. The Act also makes it illegal for
individuals under twenty-one years of age to
purchase or possess alcoholic beverages or to
use a false identification document to purchase
or otherwise obtain alcoholic beverages. The
Act, with regards to possession of alcoholic beverages,
shall not apply to individuals employed
at establishments that sell or serve alcohol, during
times of employment.
This statute changes sections §3419, §3420
and §3619, Chapter 3 of Title 11, Guam Code
Section 3419. Same: To Persons Under
Age 21 states that a licensee, his agent or employee
shall not sell, give nor permit to be sold,
given or served any alcoholic beverages to any
person under twenty-one (21) years of age. For
the purpose of preventing any violation of this
section, any licensee or his agent or employee
may refuse to sell or serve alcoholic beverages
to any person who is unable to produce adequate
written evidence that he or she is over the age of
twenty-one (21) years. In any criminal prosecution
or proceeding for the suspension or revocation
of any license and based upon a violation of
this section, proof that any defendant licensee or his agent or employee demanded and was shown,
before furnishing any alcoholic beverage to a
minor, and identification card or other bona fide
documentary evidence of majority of such person
shall be a defense to such prosecution or proceeding
for the suspension or revocation of any license.
Every person who violates this section
shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Section 3420. Same: False Identification by
Persons Under Age 21 states that any person,
under twenty-one (21) years of age, who exhibits
a false identification card or false document for
the purpose of purchasing or obtaining alcoholic
beverages, shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Section 3619. Same: Persons Under Age 21
states that any person under the age of twenty-one
(21) years purchasing or in possession of any
alcoholic beverages shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
This provision, with regards to possession
of alcoholic beverages, does not apply to
persons working for an establishment that sells,
gives or serves alcoholic beverages in the course
of their employment but only while in the process
of performing work for and on behalf of said establishment.