Pa. State Police commissioner sued by young gun owners over alleged constitutional violations

Pa. State Police commissioner sued by young gun owners over alleged constitutional violations

Three Pennsylvanians are suing the Pennsylvania State Police commissioner because they claim that state statutes prevent them from carrying and transporting firearms in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit requests that state statutes preventing anyone under the age of 21 from obtaining a license to carry a firearm be declared unconstitutional under the Second and Fourteenth amendments. The lawsuit was filed Friday — with the support of two nonprofits — in federal court in Pittsburgh. The plaintiffs in the case — Madison M. Lara of Verona, Logan Miller of Boyertown in Berks County and Sophia Knepley of Denver in Lancaster County — are all gun owners below the age of 21. The two nonprofits involved in the case are the Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Wash., and the Firearms Policy Coalition, based in Sacramento, Calif., of which the three plaintiffs are members. “We’ve filed this action because the situation in Pennsylvania smacks of discrimination against young adults in the 18- to 20-year age group,” said SAF founder and executive vice president Alan M. Gottlieb. “Young adults can join the military, where they might be assigned to carry firearms all over the world. They can get married, start businesses, enter into contracts and yet they are not considered mature enough to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. That’s nonsense,” he said. State police Commissioner Col. Robert Evanchick is the sole defendant in the case, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit argues that Pennsylvania state […]

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