Three Judes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Tuesday that the minimum age restricting the purchase of handguns was unconstitutional, according to The Hill.
The court stated that the 21-year minimum age restriction which prevents firearm sales to those younger than 21 was a violation of the second amendment.
Among those ruling on the case was Trump Administration appointee Judge Julius Richardson, who penned the majority opinion saying that the 2A protections apply to all ages:
“Looking through this historical lens to the text and structure of the Constitution reveals that 18- to 20-year-olds have Second Amendment rights,” Richardson said in his opinion.
“Virtually every other constitutional right applies whatever the age. And the Second Amendment is no different,” Richardson wrote.
According to the court’s judges who were asked to rule on the weighty arms issue, the fact that those younger than 21 are allowed to join the military only adds to the nullification of the requirement.
“The militia laws in force at the time of ratification uniformly required those 18 and older to join the militia and bring their own arms. While some historical restrictions existed, none support finding that 18-year-olds lack rights under the Second Amendment,” he added.
The statement went on to say that the court will not “relegate either the Second Amendment or 18-to-20-year-olds to a second-class status.”
While an article in The Washington Post indicates that gun control actives are likely to fight this ruling, for now at least, the rights of legal adults are being recognized by the 4th circuit.