Court rules California’s ban on sale of guns under 21 unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semi-automatic guns to adults under the age of 21 is unconstitutional.

In a 2-1 ruling on Wednesday, a panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms and a San Diego judge had issued a “near-total ban” should ban “semi-automatic centerfire rifles” for young adults. “America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” wrote Justice Ryan Nelson. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that made its sacrifice possible: the right of young adults to keep it and to bear arms.”

The Firearms Policy Coalition, which brought the case, says the ruling makes it optimistic other age-based gun bans will be lifted.

The ruling was not a complete victory for gun rights advocates who had tried to block the state from requiring a hunting license to purchase rifles or shotguns from adults under 21 who are not in the military or law enforcement agencies.

The court ruled that the license requirement was appropriate to enhance public safety through “sound gun control.”

The sale of handguns to anyone under the age of 21 was already banned, but the stricter age limits for rifles and shotguns were passed in 2018 after some of the country’s worst mass shootings were committed by young adults who used guns, including the 2018 Valentine’s Day murders at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Attorney General Rob Bonta did not immediately comment.

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/california-news/court-californias-under-21-gun-sales-ban-unconstitutional/ Court rules California’s ban on sale of guns under 21 unconstitutional

Sarah Y. Kim

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