Young adults in Minnesota sue state for the right to carry firearms

Young adults in Minnesota sue state for the right to carry firearms

Three Minnesota gun enthusiasts are suing the state for the right of adults between the ages of 18 and 20 to carry firearms. Axel Anderson, 18, Austin Dye, 19, and Kristin Worth, 18, filed a lawsuit earlier this month , arguing that the state’s law prohibiting gun-carrying until the age of 21 is infringing on their rights. "Plaintiffs wish to exercise their fundamental, constitutionally guaranteed right to carry loaded, operable handguns on their person, outside their homes, while in public, for lawful purposes including immediate self-defense," the lawsuit reads. "But they cannot because of the laws, regulations, policies, practices, and customs that Defendants have been enforcing and continue to actively enforce today." Minnesota state law allows people older than 18 to own a firearm, but it does not allow them to carry that weapon outside the home. Worth, Dye, and Anderson are being assisted in their case by top Second Amendment groups, including the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. The FPC was recently successful in overturning a California ban on "assault weapons" and referred to Minnesota’s gun law regarding 18- to 20-year-olds as an "unconstitutional total ban on the exercise of the fundamental human right to bear arms for a broad class of legal, law-abiding adults who can vote, serve on a jury, hold public office, marry, and serve in the armed forces."

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