Tong Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Federal Firearm Regulations

A coalition of 18 attorneys general filed the brief supporting laws restricting the sale of handguns to people younger than 21. Press release from the AG’s Office: Sept. 10, 2021 Attorney General William Tong today joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general, led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, in filing an amicus brief supporting federal laws restricting the commercial sale of handguns to persons under the age of 21. In the brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the coalition argues that such restrictions protect residents from the harmful effects of gun violence, as well as promote the safe use of firearms. The coalition filed the brief in Hirschfeld v. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, a lawsuit challenging federal statutes and regulations that bar 18-to-20-year-olds from purchasing handguns from federally licensed dealers. The plaintiffs argue that such restrictions violate the Second Amendment, and a three-judge panel agreed, holding that the federal laws are unconstitutional. The federal government is now asking the full court to rehear the case. “Connecticut has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, but they only go so far if we don’t have similarly strong corresponding federal laws,” Attorney General Tong said. “Our coalition is urging the court to support the law restricting gun sales to people under the age of 21. Doing so is vital to protect public safety and prevent further senseless and tragic gun violence.” More specifically, the coalition argues that the court […]

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