LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on sale of semi-automatic weapons to persons under the age of 21 are unconstitutional.
In decision 2-1, panel of 9th U.S. District Court in San Francisco of The appeals said Wednesday that the law violates the 2nd Amendment to the right to bear arms and the San Diego court. should blocked what he called “almost total ban on semi-automatic centerfire rifles for young Adults. “America would not exist without heroism of in young Adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution continues to protect the right that allowed them to donate: the right of young adults to keep and carry weapons.
The firearms policy coalition that filed the case said the decision makes him age-optimistic. gun bans will be overturned in other courts.
However, the decision was not total victory for gun rights defenders.
They tried to stop the state from requiring a hunting license. for purchases of rifles or shotguns by adults under 21 who not in in military or law enforcement agencies.
Sales of handguns to persons under the age of 21 were already prohibited when the requirement for a hunting license was enacted in 2018 after some of the worst mass shootings in the country were committed young Adults using rifles, including the Valentine’s Day murders at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The court ruled that the requirement for a hunting license was reasonable for increase public safety through “reasonable control of firearms”.
In 2019, the state passed an additional law to prohibit sales of semi-automatic centerfire rifles for anyone under 21 years old. There were exceptions for the police or military troops, but for those with hunting licenses.
Matthew Jones, 20-year-old at that time from Santi in San Diego County was lead plaintiff in case. He said that wanted a gun for myself-defense and other lawful purposes, but not want for a hunting license.
His lawsuit, which was filed before the ban on minors on semi-automatic weapon, has been changed to challenge this law and the requirement of a hunting license.
The lawsuit stated that the state had “cut down (then) already inapplicable and irrelevant “exemption” from a hunting license is the only exemption that even possible for ordinary, law-abiding young adult who not wish start a very dangerous career in law enforcement or military – banning an entire class of firearms”.
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The dissent was written by U.S. District Court Judge Sidney Stein, who was assigned to panel from Southern District of New York. Stein was appointed to the lower court by President Bill Clinton.
Democratic Senator Anthony Portantino of La Cañada Flintridge, who wrote both laws, said he was disappointed with the semi-automatic ban down but was satisfied with the requirement of a hunting license survived.
“I remain strives to keep deadly weapon out of in wrong hands,” said Portantino. “Student safety on our campuses are what we are should everyone is rallying behind and reasonable gun control is part of this is the solution.”
Attorney General Rob Bonta office said he was reviewing decision. In a statement, a spokesman said the company is committed to “protecting the common sense of California.” gun the laws.”