California Gun Law Deemed Unconstitutional by Appeals Court

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A California law restricting gun and ammunition sales to persons 21-years-old and up has been ruled unconstitutional, sparking hope the move will trigger similar rulings in other states.

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

Fox News reports:

“America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote in the 2-1 ruling. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

The Firearms Policy Coalition, which brought the case, said the ruling makes it optimistic age-based gun bans will be overturned in other courts.

“Today’s decision confirms that peaceable legal adults cannot be prohibited from acquiring firearms and exercising their rights enshrined in the Second Amendment,” FPC Vice President of Programs Adam Kraut said in a statement to Fox News. “We are pleased to see progress on this important legal front and optimistic that similar results will come from our many other challenges to age-based bans filed in courts across the United States.”

However, the ruling came with a catch.

They had also sought to block the state from requiring a hunting license for purchases of rifles or shotguns by adults under 21 who are not in the military or law enforcement. However, the court ruled the hunting license requirement was reasonable for increasing public safety.

A spokesperson for California Attorney General Rob Bonta said his office is reviewing the court’s decision. 

“California will continue to take all necessary steps to prevent and reduce gun violence,” the statement said. “We remain committed to defending California’s commonsense gun laws, which save lives and make our communities safer.”



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John Grychak
John Grychak
12 days ago

IN REGARDS TO GUN LICENSING. ALL THIS IS, IS ANOTHER TAX. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING TO CARRY A GUN, IT’S OUR RIGHT UNDER THE 2ND AMENDMENT. AND….IT SHOULD SUFFICE TO SAY, THAT ALL OF THE “SO-CALLED” UNITED STATES, SHOULD HONOR THIS RIGHT. NOW THAT’S {UNITED}!

Jim
Jim
12 days ago

And you can bet California will challenge this ruling, first to the full 9th Circuit Court and if that fails on up to SCOTUS. California will not let this go.

Ed D.
Ed D.
12 days ago

Your friendly neighborhood communists at work! An unarmed America, would be a dictatorship controlled America! Patriots, always remember that!

Charlie
Charlie
12 days ago

“California’s commonsense gun laws, which save lives and make our communities safer.”
Now there’s a mouthful of Horse Dung coming from the state with the most stringent and unconstitutional gun laws and the highest rate of crime in the nation. Gun laws are all after the fact and do nothing in any way to stop crime.We do not have a gun problem in this country, we have a criminal problem that the powers that be refuse to address.

Rex
Rex
12 days ago

Any LAW that restricts any adult WHO IS NOT A CRIMINAL is ILLEGAL

Madeleine
Madeleine
12 days ago

Follow what happens in any Country where the population are forbidden to own a Fire arm? Australia, New Zealand, UK being some examples? Citizens are then at the mercy of the freemason/Pedophile/Nazi Luciferins! Our world has been hi jacked by organized Criminals in power. Ive never heard or read of any Conservative shooting people randomly in Shopping Malls or schools or churches or Synagogues? Most shootings are CIA MK ultra mind controlled liberals

Don
Don
11 days ago

What the Demonrat rabble ignore is the fact the constitution was written was to keep the government in line and to support the people which they also ignore and want absolute control over.

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