At the end of October, the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas rejected the National Rifle Association’s argument that 18-20 year olds had a right to buy guns under the Second Amendment. It also rejected the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment. The U.S. may ban federally licensed firearms dealers from selling guns to anyone under the age of 21.
A unanimous three-judge panel said Congress, in a law dating from 1968, adopted the sales ban to help curb violent crime. It also said that the nation’s founders and 19th-century courts and commentators believed that disarming specific groups did not trample on the right to bear arms.
“Congress was focused on a particular problem: young persons under 21, who are immature and prone to violence, easily accessing handguns,” mainly from licensed dealers, Judge Edward Prado wrote for the panel.
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