Friday, October 21, 2011

18-20 year old Texans want the right to buy a licensed gun

Pistols and Pumps, LLC and XDM Lounge Weigh in: 

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this.  I would have thought this was a no brainer, but apparently even though you are considered an adult to fight for our country, vote or even get married and start your life; you cannot purchase a hand gun from a licensed gun store.  We're glad the NRA is standing by you in this case and fighting it til the end.  If we don't use it, we lose it; our 2nd Amendment right, that is.  The government has the faith to distribute military issued weapons to our armed forces at the age of 18. Why is another branch of the government saying they do not have the same right to buy a handgun to protect themselves or their families?  They still have to be good, law abiding, upstanding citizens of the United States, so what is the issue.  Don't know about you, but I'd feel much safer if this demographic of our country had knowledge and the right, especially in Texas.  That's our border state, folks and I'm sure we haven't seen all the incidents these residents are needing protection.  Thanks for the update, NRA we'll keep getting the word out there too.   

From: "NRA-ILA Legal Update

For more information on this case or other cases go to:


NRA Files Appeal of Ruling on Handgun Sales Age LimitsOn Sept. 29, a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas decided in favor of the federal government in a case brought by the NRA challenging the federal restriction on the purchase of handguns by 18-20 year old adults. The case is far from over, as the NRA has already filed an appeal.
In the case, Jennings v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the NRA and a group of responsible young adults argued that since 18-20 year olds are considered adults for virtually every other purpose, such as voting and military service, adults in this age group should also be able to purchase handguns from licensed dealers.
In the ruling, Judge Samuel Cummings wrote "the Court is of the opinion that the ban does not run afoul of the Second Amendment to the Constitution," and wrongly equated law-abiding 20-year-olds with criminals, stating that "the right to bear arms is enjoyed only by those not disqualified from the exercise of the Second Amendment rights."
"We strongly disagree with this ruling," said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. "As we said when we filed this case, adults 18 and up have fought and died for American freedom throughout our country's history. They are adults for virtually every legal purpose under federal and state law, and that should include the ability to buy handguns from licensed dealers to defend themselves, their homes and their families. Our fellow plaintiffs in this case are law-abiding and responsible young adults. We plan to defend their rights to the very end."
A similar case, in which many of the same plaintiffs challenge the state of Texas' ban on issuance of Right-to-Carry permits to adults under 21, remains pending in the same court.  That case is Jennings v. McCraw.

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