Yes, 18-20 Year Olds Also Have Second Amendment Rights

Yes, 18-20 Year Olds Also Have Second Amendment Rights

“When do constitutional rights vest? At 18 or 21? 16 or 25? Why not 13 or 33?” begins a ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, that addresses whether the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 can constitutionally prohibit 18-20 year olds from purchasing handguns from licensed dealers. . “In the law, a line must sometimes be drawn,” next says the majority ruling, written by U.S. Circuit Judge Julius Richardson, a judge who was appointed by former President Donald J. Trump. “But there must be a reason why constitutional rights cannot be enjoyed until a certain age. Our nation’s most cherished constitutional rights vest no later than 18. And the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is no different.” When legal propositions are stated this clearly, they tend to lead to honest opinions. This Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturns a Virginia federal judge’s ruling that upheld the Gun Control Act of 1968’s restrictions on American freedom, but an appeal is expected in this 2-1 panel opinion. Judge Richardson later wrote that 18-year-olds “enjoy almost every other constitutional right, and they were required at the time of the Founding to serve in the militia and furnish their own weapons. … 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.” This ruling grew from a lawsuit brought, in part, by a then 19-year-old name Natalia Marshall, a University of Virginia […]

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