Texas Judge Strikes Down Unconstitutional Gun Law – ‘The Second Doesn’t Say That’

A Texas law would have prevented adults under the age of 21 from carrying a firearm. Fortunately, a Texas judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional and struck it down.

Texas adults under 21 years of age could only carry inside their homes without a specific license allowing them to carry beyond them. Thursday, August 26th, however, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman struck down the law barring their rightful exercise of the Second Amendment.

“Based on the Second Amendment’s text, as informed by Founding-Era history and tradition, the Court concludes that the Second Amendment protects against this prohibition. Texas’s statutory scheme must therefore be enjoined to the extent that law-abiding 18-to-20-year-olds are prohibited from applying for a license to carry a handgun.”

In the case, an unnamed 18-year-old and 20-year-old, joined with the Firearms Policy Coalition, and filed suit against the unconstitutional law in November. The Judge was receptive to the argument that the Second Amendment does not contain any form of age restriction. Some portions of the Constitution do while the Second Amendment does not.

“To start, the Second Amendment does not mention any sort of age restriction, This absence is notable—when the Framers meant to impose age restrictions, they did so expressly.”

Today is a good day for the Constitution in Texas.

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