(TheRedAlertNews.com) – In a major victory for the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and the gun rights of law-abiding Americans, a federal judge has ruled that adults ages 18 to 20 cannot be prevented from purchasing handguns.
Specifically, a federal judge in Virginia has determined that laws preventing 18-to-20-year-olds from purchasing handguns at federally licensed firearm dealers are unconstitutional. In a 71-page opinion, Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne declared that such federal laws and regulations violate the Second Amendment.
Payne ruled in favor of four young men, aged 18 to 20, who wanted to buy handguns from federally licensed dealers. He denied the defense’s request to dismiss the case and granted the plaintiffs a summary judgment.
One of the plaintiffs, John “Corey” Fraser, attempted to purchase a Glock 19x handgun from a dealer, but his request was denied due to his age, as he was under 21.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 already permits individuals aged 18 and older to buy shotguns and rifles but only allows the sale of handguns to those who are 21 or older.
Judge Payne determined that the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” applies to people in the 18-to-20 age range. He wrote, “Because the statutes and regulations in question are not consistent with our Nation’s history and tradition, they, therefore, cannot stand.”
The Washington Post, which first reported on the opinion, stated that the Justice Department is expected to appeal the decision. Individuals under 21 are still not allowed to purchase handguns from licensed dealers until a final order is entered in the case.
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