Appeals court panel overturns California ban on sale of semi-automatic weapons to adults under 21
A U.S. appeals court has ruled that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles to adults under the age of 21 violates Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.
“America would not exist without the heroism of the young men who fought and died in our revolutionary army.” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote in a 2-1 majority opinion issued Wednesday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. “Today we are making sure that our constitution still protects the right that enables young adults to sacrifice and carry weapons.”
The issue included a 2018 law that banned the sale of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns to 18- to 20-year-olds in California. The state has previously banned the sale of handguns to adults under the age of 21.
Another judge on the San Francisco Court of Appeals panel, Kenneth Lee, agreed with Nelson and said the ruling set an important precedent. “California’s legal position has no logical stop and will ultimately erode the fundamental rights enshrined in our Constitution. Simply put, we cannot infringe on our constitutional right, even if it is a constitutional right. ”
The Firearms Policy Coalition, which has filed lawsuits challenging California law, argued that only 0.25% of adults under the age of 21 are arrested for violent crimes.
“Today’s decision confirms that peaceful legal adults cannot be barred from acquiring firearms and exercising their right to be included in the Second Amendment.” Says Adam Kraut, vice president of the program with the alliance. “We are pleased to see progress on this important legal front and hope that similar outcomes will come from our many other challenges to age-based sanctions filed in courts across the United States.”
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