4th Circuit rules gun control unconstitutional

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.

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Paul Flint (@guest_381953)
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19 days ago

What about non violent felons back in 2000 they were handing out felonys like it was Halloween candy such a felony criminal mischief what the hell is that

Joe (@guest_381888)
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20 days ago

18 to 20 also have the constitutional right to liberty, so no draft.

Lynn (@guest_381821)
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20 days ago

I had thought the same way. I thought that it was 21. But they can serve this country. Back in the old days in Civil war they lied to join there belief. So I guess that they need to have shooting courses too buy a gun!!

Carole H (@guest_381820)
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20 days ago

Well it is nice to see that the Dems haven’t spoiled every Court. Good for this court who knows what the Constitution is and knows how to follow it!

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alicia cervera (@guest_381761)
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21 days ago

BRAVO!

MikefromTexas (@guest_381743)
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21 days ago

I think I would agree that 21 should be the age but they drafted at 18 and trained your to shoot so who knows.

Black Knight (@guest_381751)
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21 days ago

2nd amendment has no age requirement. During the American revolution 16 year olds fought for this country.

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