Ninth Circuit Knocks Down California’s Ban on Handguns for Residents Under 21

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled 2-1 that California’s ban on semi-automatic handguns for law-abiding residents under 21 violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

From Fox News:

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violates the Second Amendment and that a San Diego judge should have blocked what is called the “an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults.

The judge certainly understands the U.S. Constitution and the history of the Second Amendment.

“America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

Fox News stated that it’s a partial victory for gun righs. The court ruled that the portion of the law requiring under-21 residents who are not in the miliary or law enforcement to obtain a hunting license for rifles or shotguns is reasonable.

A growing number of states have been removing gun restrictions in recent years. At least 24 states allow law-abiding citizens to carry handguns concealed without a permit.

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