Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is among the 22 states attorney general who joined in filing an amicus brief in support of the National Rifle Association’s Supreme Court petition to uphold the Second Amendment rights of young adults.
National Rifle Association of America Inc. v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, et al, originally filed in 2010, “seeks to end the federal prohibition of young adults to purchase handguns from federally licensed dealers,” according to an NRA media release.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed his brief in support of the NRA’s efforts to have a federal court declare unconstitutional a law prohibiting handgun purchases from licensed firearm dealers by those between the ages of 18 through 20.
The NRA’s petition seeks to overturn a New Orleans U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the federal ban.
“Congress could have sought to prohibit all persons under 21 from possessing handguns -– or all guns, for that matter,” U.S. Circuit Judge Edward C. Prado wrote in the opinion. “But Congress deliberately adopted a calibrated, compromise approach,” according to Bloomberg News.
The NRA notes that the court misses the point.“Young adults, many of whom have fought and sacrificed life and limb for their country, should not be prohibited from fully exercising their fundamental Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The Second Amendment should receive no less respect than our other enumerated constitutional freedoms.”
The states that joined Alabama and Florida are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“The NRA has been engaged in this ongoing fight for years – in Congress, in state legislatures, and in the courts – and we will not rest until the Right of every law-abiding American to Keep and Bear Arms is fully protected by our nation’s laws,” concluded Cox in the press release.