Judge Strikes Down Federal Ban on Handgun Sales for 18 to 20-Year-Olds

On Friday, Judge Thomas S. Clay issued a ruling striking down a federal ban on young people between the ages of 18 and 20 purchasing handguns.

The plaintiffs in this case are Stephen Robert Brown, Benjamin Weekly, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the West Virginia Civil Defense League.

Judge Cree, appointed by Donald Trump, is the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Kleeh put the case in context:

The case asks the court to evaluate the citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, which is protected under the Second Amendment. US constant. Fix it. II. Plaintiffs, individuals Robert Brown (“Brown”) and Benjamin Weakley (“Weakley”), are “law-abiding, responsible adult citizens who wish to purchase handguns.” …Brown and Weakley are citizens of West Virginia and the United States, and are between the ages of 18 and 21. As law-abiding, responsible adult citizens, Brown and Weakley will purchase handguns and handgun ammunition from Federal Firearms Licensees (“FFLs”), provided that their right to do so is subject to 18 USC §§ 922. (b)(1) and (c)( 1).

He further explained that Brown and Weakley each tried to purchase handguns, but were “refused to sell them to them because they were under 21 years of age.”

Cree said the plaintiffs are seeking summary judgment against the law, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Attorney General Merrick Garland, and ATF Director Steven Dettelbach are seeking dismissal of the lawsuit. he pointed out.

He sided with the plaintiffs and quoted extensively from: blue en (2022) shows how he came to his decision.

Below is one of Klee’s quotes. blue en decision:

The government may not be able to justify its regulation by simply claiming that the regulation promotes an important interest…proving that regulation of its conduct is within the ambit of the Second Amendment. To do so, “the government must demonstrate that its regulations are consistent with this country’s historical traditions.” Only if firearm regulations are consistent with this nation’s historical traditions can a court conclude that an individual’s conduct falls outside the scope of the Second Amendment’s “disqualified command.”

He pointed to a comprehensive test set by the U.S. Supreme Court. BlueenThe test we have set is Heller And today’s application requires courts to evaluate whether modern firearm regulations are consistent with the text and historical understanding of the Second Amendment. ”

Mr. Cree sided with the plaintiffs and ordered the ATF, Mr. Garland, and Mr. Dettelbach to enforce the ban on handgun purchases for youth ages 18 to 20 who are “eligible” to purchase a handgun.

The case is Brown vs. ATF, No. 1:22-cv-00080 for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

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