Should Minors Be Allowed to Purchase Guns?
Posted at 3 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2013
Lyle Denniston reports that the National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to hear a case challenging “a federal law that bans licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to minors.”
“Under a law that dates to 1968, Congress imposed a series of limitations on access to guns for anyone under the age of twenty-one. The only restriction specifically at issue in the new case is a ban on purchasing a handgun from a federally licensed gun dealer… They may get such a weapon from their parents or a guardian, and may even buy a handgun in a private sale. They may also buy a rifle or shotgun from a licensed dealer.”
The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, “had split eight to seven in refusing to reconsider the ban that had been upheld by a unanimous three-judge Circuit panel. In upholding Congress’s power to single out a specific group in society for curbing its gun rights, the panel had raised doubts about whether young adults between the ages of eighteen to twenty are protected by the Second Amendment.”