Court: Handgun sales ban violates 2nd Amendment

Court: Handgun sales ban violates 2nd Amendment

(CNN) — A federal appeals court rules Americans can legally have access to handguns before they’re old enough to drink alcohol. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says placing a minimum age of 21-years-old to buy weapons from licensed dealers violates the 2nd Amendment. The majority opinion, written by Judge Julius Richardson, says 18-to-20-year-olds have second amendment rights. Richardson’s stance was backed by Judge G. Steven Agee. Both Richardson and Agee were appointed by Republican Presidents. Judge James Wynn Junior, who was appointed by a Democratic President, dissented, saying this ruling gives the gun lobby a win in a battle it lost on Capitol Hill decades ago.

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