Handgun Sales to Young People Are Protected by Second Amendment, Court Rules

Handgun Sales to Young People Are Protected by Second Amendment, Court Rules

“Despite the weighty interest in reducing crime and violence, we refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status,” wrote Circuit Judge Julius N. Richardson, who was appointed by former Republican President Donald Trump . The plaintiffs were two adults under 21 from Albemarle County, Va., who were prevented from buying handguns from a licensed dealer, including a 19-year-old woman who wanted protection from an abusive ex-boyfriend. In 2018, they filed suit challenging a federal law that limits federally licensed gun dealers from selling handguns and their ammunition to people under 21. Congress first enacted the restriction in the late 1960s, responding to a surge of violent crime committed by young people. The law’s age restriction doesn’t apply to long guns and doesn’t restrict young adults from possessing handguns or acquiring them as gifts or through private sales. Newsletter Sign-up Capital Journal Scoops, analysis and insights driving Washington from the WSJ’s D.C. bureau. SUBSCRIBE Judge Richardson said 18- to 20-year-olds are responsible for only a tiny percentage of gun violence, saying Congress lacked a compelling enough reason to infringe on their Second Amendment rights. He also noted most other constitutional rights aren’t age-limited and that militia laws enforced at the time the Constitution was ratified uniformly required those 18 and older to join and bring their own arms. He was joined by Circuit Judge G. Steven Agee, appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush. In a dissent Tuesday, Circuit Judge James A. […]

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