A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today finding that denying full Second Amendment rights to Americans aged 18 to 20 years old is patently unconstitutional.

As Judge Julius Richardson wrote for the three-judge panel . . .

When do constitutional rights vest? At 18 or 21? 16 or 25? Why not 13 or 33? In the law, a line must sometimes be drawn. But there must be a reason why constitutional rights cannot be enjoyed until a certain age. Our nation’s most cherished constitutional rights vest no later than 18. And the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is no different.

Plaintiffs seek an injunction and a declaratory judgment that several federal laws and regulations that prevent federally licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to any 18-, 19-, or 20-year-old violate the Second Amendment. We first find that 18-year-olds possess Second Amendment rights. They enjoy almost every other constitutional right, and they were required at the time of the Founding to serve in the militia and furnish their own weapons. We then ask, as our precedent requires, whether the government has met its burden to justify its infringement of those rights under the appropriate level of scrutiny. To justify this restriction, Congress used disproportionate crime rates to craft overinclusive laws that restrict the rights of overwhelmingly law-abiding citizens. And in doing so, Congress focused on purchases from licensed dealers without establishing those dealers as the source of the guns 18- to 20-year-olds use to commit crimes. So we hold that the challenged federal laws and regulations are unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. Despite the weighty interest in reducing crime and violence, we refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status. (emphasis added).

Richardson is a Trump appointee. He was joined in the decision by Judge G. Steven Agee (a George W. Bush appointee). Judge James A. Wynn (a Clinton appointee) dissented.

Source: populistgop

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. mrsumerian

    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  2. jacobmillses

    Indiana better catch up, this is great news

  3. mercross707

    *turns 21* gets gun and bottle at the same time. 👍 😂

  4. trolleytoursgoldenisles

    This is great news! If they are old enough to lay their lives down for our Country then they are old enough to own a gun.

  5. tcurryhh5

    😂😂😂😂 🖕🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏾🖕🏼🖕🏻 #unity #shallnotbeinfringed

  6. yrn_rasmooth32

    Nowhere to appeal but SCOTUS. I dare the liberal scum 😂😍❤️

  7. blue_knight001

    If they can enlist in the military at 18… they should have all the rights same as any other adult.

  8. abbynormal_ish

    If they can join the military at 18 they should have rights as adult.

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