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California’s Under-21 Gun Sale Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that ’s ban on the sale of guns to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the measure violated the and should have been struck down by a San Diego judge.

“America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” wrote Judge Ryan Nelson, according to the Associated Press. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

The ruling was not a complete repudiation of what Judge Nelson called ““an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults. The Firearms Policy Coalition, which brought the case, sought to block the state from requiring a hunting license for purchases of

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