Another Second Amendment Victory

Concealed Handgun

( – Gun rights advocates are applauding another Second Amendment victory — this time in Texas, where the state government was attempting to prevent 18 to 20-year-olds from carrying guns in public.

Newsmax lays out what happened in “Texas Ends Court Fight to Ban 18- to 20-Year-Olds From Carrying Guns in Public“:

Texas appears to have given up its fight to prevent 18- to 20-year-olds from carrying handguns in public, The Texas Tribune reported.

“The law in Texas had not allowed most 18- to 20-year-olds to get a license to carry a handgun or carrying a handgun for self-defense outside their home, according to the news outlet.

“Two plaintiffs between 18 and 20, along with the Firearms Policy Coalition Inc., had challenged the law in court.” [emphasis added]

Here’s what happened when they got to court:

“…U.S. District Court Judge Mark Pittman ruled in their favor, saying the Second Amendment does not specify age limits and protects adults under 21.”

In fact, according to Cody Wisniewski, senior attorney for constitutional litigation at the Firearms Policy Coalition, which sided with the plaintiffs, “Texas cannot point to a single founding era law that prohibited 18- to 20-year-olds from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense, because not only did no such law exist, but those individuals are an important reason why we have a Bill of Rights in the first place. And young people have just as much a right to keep and bear arms in public as adults over the age of 21.”

What is your opinion about this outcome that makes it legal for 18 to 20-year-olds in Texas to carry guns in public? Please share your thoughts and views by emailing [email protected]. Thank you.