A Texas judge agreed that the 2nd Amendment gives all adults the right to bear arms, with no age-based restrictions.
A June Supreme Court decision declared the Second Amendment guaranteed individuals a right to publicly carry weapons for self-defense. The ruling also instructed federal judges to apply a “history-only” test when considering cases concerning weapons regulations. Justices opined that gun regulations are only constitutional if similar to 18th century gun laws that existed when the Second Amendment was ratified.
Fox News further reported:
Carrying a handgun in Texas wasn’t a problem for gun-owning adults who had a license to do so. However, because the state didn’t hand out licenses for anyone under 21, legal handgun owners were prevented from carrying their firearms outside of their homes.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman ruled that the Second Amendment prevents restricting the rights of gun owners based on their age.
“Based on the Second Amendment’s text, as informed by Founding-Era history and tradition, the Court concludes that the Second Amendment protects against this prohibition.” Pittman wrote. “Texas’s statutory scheme must therefore be enjoined to the extent that law-abiding 18-to-20-year-olds are prohibited from applying for a license to carry a handgun.”
Two unnamed plaintiffs, an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old, along with the Firearms Policy Coalition, filed the lawsuit challenging Texas’ law in November.
Pittman noted the Second Amendment doesn’t contain any mention of age as a restriction, unlike other portions of the Constitution.
“To start, the Second Amendment does not mention any sort of age restriction,” he wrote. “This absence is notable—when the Framers meant to impose age restrictions, they did so expressly.”
Pittman’s ruling also builds on top of the permitless carry law in Texas that Gov. Greg Abbott signed last year. The state’s “constitutional carry” law allowed Texans over the age of 21 to carry handguns in public without a license.
The judge obviously reasoned that adults old enough to serve in the military are old enough to responsibly carry weapons in public.
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