Court rules California’s ban on under-21 gun sales is unconstitutional

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On Wednesday, a U.S. court of appeals ruled that a California law prohibiting the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco determined in a 2-1 ruling that the rule violates Americans’ 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, according to The Associated Press.

The ruling noted that “…the Second Amendment protects the right of young adults to keep and bear arms, which includes the right to purchase them.”

“America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) said the decision makes them feel encouraged that other gun restrictions based on age will be overturned.

“Today’s decision confirms that peaceable legal adults cannot be prohibited from acquiring firearms and exercising their rights enshrined in the Second Amendment,” said FPC Vice President of Programs Adam Kraut in a statement. “We are pleased to see progress on this important legal front and optimistic that similar results will come from our many other challenges to age-based bans filed in courts across the United States.”

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden said his new gun-control effort to combat gun violence “doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment rights,” adding that “no amendment [is] absolute.”

During a trip to New York, Mr. Biden spoke alongside Attorney General Merrick Garland, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams on the administration’s “comprehensive strategy to reduce gun crime.”

“I have the United States attorney general with me here today and we put together a comprehensive strategy to com…

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