A federal appeals court declared on Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of firearms to adults under the age of 21 is unconstitutional, paving the way for similar verdicts in other jurisdictions.
The law violates the Second Amendment, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, and a San Diego judge should have banned what is described as “an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young people.
In the 2-1 ruling, Judge Ryan Nelson stated, “America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army.” “Today, we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right of young adults to keep and carry arms, which enabled their sacrifice.”
Judge Sidney Stein of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who was assigned to the panel, wrote a dissent.
The case’s plaintiff, the Firearms Policy Coalition, expressed optimism that age-based gun bans will be invalidated in other courts.
In a statement to Fox News, FPC Vice President of Programs Adam Kraut said, “Today’s decision confirms that peaceable legal adults cannot be prohibited from acquiring firearms and exercising their rights enshrined in the Second Amendment.”
“We are pleased to see progress on this important legal front, and we remain optimistic that our many other challenges to age-based bans filed in courts across the country will yield similar results.” Adam Kraut added.
The judgment, however, was not a complete success for gun rights supporters.
They wanted the state to stop requiring a hunting license for adults under 21 who aren’t in the military or law enforcement to buy rifles or shotguns. The court decided that requiring a hunting license was appropriate to improve public safety through “sensible firearm control.”
A representative for California Attorney General Rob Bonta told Fox News that his office is analyzing the court’s decision.
The statement stated, “California will continue to take all necessary steps to prevent and reduce gun violence.” “We will continue to defend California’s commonsense gun laws, which save lives and make our communities safer.”