Austin, Texas — A federal appellate court has affirmed a lower court’s decision that banning the purchase of handguns by people younger than 21 does not infringe on a person’s constitutional rights.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which has appellate jurisdiction over districts in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, made the unanimous decision Thursday. It affects the sale of weapons by federally licensed firearms dealers.
The plaintiffs in the case — the National Rifle Association and three Texans who were not 21 at the time the original lawsuit was filed – argued that the ban violated their Second Amendment rights. They filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The suit was filed in 2010, but a district judge granted summary judgment for the government in that case, which led to the appellate court’s ruling.
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