Judge strikes down Minnesota gun permit law for under 21 residents

 April 2, 2023

A federal judge struck down a Minnesota law that banned people 18-20 years old from carrying handguns in public.

The Friday ruling overturned a 2003 state law that required residents to be at least 21 to apply for a permit.

The ruling

"Based on a careful review of the record, the court finds that defendants have failed to identify analogous regulations that show a historical tradition in America of depriving 18- to 20-year-olds the right to publicly carry a handgun for self-defense," District Court Judge Kathleen Menendez wrote.

"As a result, the age requirement prohibiting persons between the ages of 18 and 20 from obtaining such a permit to carry violates the Second Amendment."

The trend

The ruling follows a number of recent Second Amendment victories across the nation, including a California gun ban struck down that limited the purchase of newer guns.

"Carney’s order in the case of Boland, Santellan, et al. v. Bonta took notice of the fact that no new models of semiautomatic handguns have been approved for sale in California since 2013 and citizens of that state seeking to conform to the statute in question would be forced to purchase older handguns, some of which would not have the safety features available on newer models," the New American reported.

"While Americans should not depend on a federal judge’s opinion for the protection of their natural right to defend their life, liberty, and property, Judge Carney is to be congratulated for his well-reasoned refusal to support the state government’s attack on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," it added.

In Missouri, a judge also recently ruled against law enforcement enforcing federal gun laws without equivalent state laws in place.

“At best, this statute causes confusion among state law enforcement officials who are deputized for federal task force operations, and at worst, is unconstitutional on its face," Judge Brian Wimes wrote.

"The Missouri law had subjected law enforcement agencies with officers who knowingly enforced federal gun laws without equivalent state laws to a fine of $50,000 per violating officer," the outlet added.

The recent wins continue to uphold the constitutional right to bear arms despite efforts by the left to limit gun rights.

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