Federal Court Rules Against Handgun Law

Federal Court Rules Against Handgun Law

(TargetLiberty.org) – One of the most egregious violations of the Second Amendment has just been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court. A law that prevents those aged 18 to 20 from buying handguns from a licensed dealer could now end up in the Supreme Court.

On July 13, Virginia’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on a 2-1 vote that young adults aged from 18 to 20 have the same Second Amendment rights as anyone else, were considered part of the militia when the Constitution was ratified, and therefore can’t constitutionally be banned from buying handguns.

Since the 1968 Gun Control Act, it’s been illegal for those under 21 to buy pistols from licensed firearms dealers (although they can buy them privately.) A November 2020 lawsuit brought by two young Virginians is seeking to overturn that, and this ruling is a big step forward. While the ruling itself can’t overturn the law – and is in conflict with a ruling on the same issue by the 5th Circuit Court – and the BATF is likely to appeal against it, there’s now a strong chance the case will end up in front of the Supreme Court. That would offer the best chance to strike down this unconstitutional ban since it was enacted 53 years ago.

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