Court Finds California’s Under-21 Ban on Semiautomatic Gun Sales Unconstitutional

A federal court has found California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under the age of 21 to be unconstitutional.

According to the Associated Press, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that the law violates the second amendment right to bear arms.

In a statement regarding the ruling, Judge Ryan Nelson wrote:

“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 that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

The law, written by Democratic Senator Anthony Portantino, went into effect in 2019 and made exceptions only for military and law enforcement members.

In addition, The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) sought to prohibit the state from requiring a hunting license for those under 21 to purchase shotguns or rifles. Still, the court upheld this requirement calling it “sensible firearm control.”

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