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SCOTUS Rejects NRA Challenges To Gun Law Age Limits

SCOTUS Rejects NRA Challenges To Gun Law Age Limits

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected two National Rifle Association challenges to laws that ban gun permits to people under 21.

The rejections came in one-line orders without comment.

One of the rejected cases brought by the NRA challenged a Texas law that bans those under 21 from getting a gun permit.

The other NRA challenge was to a Federal law that restricts selling handguns to people under 21.

“Given the number of laws enacted by the federal government, states, and localities in the years when a mistaken understanding of the Second Amendment held sway, one would have expected a major reconsideration of extant firearms laws to have occurred,” the NRA stated in its petition for the second case.

In both cases, NRA vs. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and NRA vs. McCraw, lower courts had upheld the laws.

NBC noted that Texas’s defense of its law in the Supreme Court put State Attorney General Greg Abbott in the uncomfortable position of opposing the NRA while running for Governor.

In 2008 the Supreme Court ruled that “the Second Amendment protects a personal right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes, most notably for self-defense within the home” in District of Columbia v. Heller. The decision struck down the District’s ban on the possession of handguns.

In 2010, Justices reaffirmed that 2nd Amendment rights applied to people in the States in McDonald v. Chicago. That decision struck down Chicago’s handgun ban.

Both 2nd Amendment victories were both narrow, with the Justices split 5-4.

Since those decisions, the high court generally has avoided gun control issues.

*Sam Rolley added information to this report.

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