Federal Judge Rules Young Adults Can Buy Firearms

He found that imposing a federal ban against the 18 to 20-year-old demographic is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne has ruled that federal regulations barring people aged 18 to 20 from purchasing firearms are unconstitutional. Four young men filed a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration after they were prohibited from buying handguns because they were under the age of 21. The judge concluded that the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” applies to people in 18 and older. 

“Because the statutes and regulations in question are not consistent with our Nation’s history and tradition, they, therefore, cannot stand,” Judge Payne wrote. He noted the rights and responsibilities granted to citizens 18 and up, such as the right to vote, serve on a federal jury, and enlist in the military.

Though Judge Payne reached this decision in the case, a final order to suspend this federal regulation has not yet been issued. People under the age of 21 still cannot purchase handguns until the regulation is suspended. The Justice Department is expected to appeal the decision.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Justice Department officials as they seek to restrict the ability to purchase firearms.
  • For appellate court judges who will be hearing and considering the appeal of Judge Payne’s ruling.

Sources: The Hill, AP


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