According to a new report, a federal judge in Virginia has now ruled that a series of federal limitations that forbid those under the age of 21 from buying a handgun from federally authorized weapon dealers are unconstitutional because they go against the Second Amendment.
U.S. Senior District Judge Robert Payne decided in favor of four males who are older than 18 but under 21 who want to buy handguns in a 65-page ruling released on Wednesday.
The four men argued that the federal statutes and regulations from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that forbid federally licensed dealers from selling handguns to potential customers between the ages of 18 and 20 are incompatible with the Second Amendment.
Payne stated that other constitutional rights, such as the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, become effective before the age of 21, and that neither the Supreme Court nor any federal appellate court has definitively ruled that the Second Amendment’s rights become effective at that age.
“The Second Amendment’s protections apply to 18-to-20-year-olds. By adopting the Second Amendment, the people constrained both the hands of Congress and the courts to infringe upon this right by denying ordinary law-abiding citizens of this age the full enjoyment of the right to keep and bear arms unless the restriction is supported by the Nation’s history. That is what Bruen tells us.” The judged noted in the ruling.
The Justice Department has the right to challenge Payne’s ruling and request that it be suspended while the legal process is ongoing.