California’s restriction on the sale right of semiautomatic guns to those under the age of 21 has been declared illegal by a federal appeals court.
The judges’ bench voted 2-1 to declare the statute “an almost comprehensive prohibition on semiautomatic” guns for teenagers.
They discovered that it is in violation of the US Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects the right to private gun ownership.
The measure was enacted after Congress failed to adopt gun control legislation.
It went into effect in 2019, increasing the age limit for purchasing rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21. The court’s decision raises the minimum age to 18. In California, the legal age to purchase cigarettes, alcohol, or cannabis is 21.
“America would not exist without the courage of the whole young adults who people fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals’ 100-page judgment invalidating the legislation.
“Today, we reaffirm that our Constitution still guarantees the freedom of young people to keep and carry weapons, which permitted their sacrifice.”
The result was far from a complete win for gun rights.
The state’s requirement that people under 21 who are not in the military or law enforcement get a hunting license before purchasing rifles or shotguns was upheld by the court.
According to the Associated Press, the Firearms Policy Coalition, which initiated the lawsuit, expects that the repeal of the under-21 gun prohibition would lead to the repeal of other age-based gun restrictions.
The judgment has eluded California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who has yet to respond. Guns have surpassed automobile collisions as the biggest cause of death for US children and teens in 2020, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month.
According to the statistics, almost 4,300 young people died as a result of firearm-related injuries that year.
Americans hold almost 390 million firearms.

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