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2nd amendment protection for adults 18-20

Discussion in 'Gun Legislation' started by Taylor C, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Taylor C

    Taylor C New Member

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    I am a 19 year old female and have been researching court cases and legislation over the 2nd amendment for the past few days and have only grown more frustrated with everything. I have been shooting guns for years and now that I am about to be on my own I would like to have the liberty of defending myself if needed, but I don't. If 18-20 year olds are allowed to posses a pistol in Texas, why are they not able to obtain a license to responsibly carry it? What constitutional evidence is there to support the infringement of bearing arms for law abiding citizens of that age group? I know the NRA challenged the restriction on the purchase of handguns for adults 18-20 in Jennings v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the judge decided in favor of the federal government. In a later case Jennings v. McCraw, they challenged the ban on permits for adults under 21 and still didn't succeed. I want to know the evidence behind the ruling that bans 18-20 year olds from obtaining a license and how that doesn't violate the rights given by the 2nd amendment.
     


  2. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

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    Probably the same ruling for the drinking age being 21.

    Many gun laws (and others) don't make any sense but are just modifications of previous laws. They do not even resemble the original intent of what was trying to be accomplished.

    Beyond that I can't justify where some laws are now.
     
  3. Charlie

    Charlie Semi-Literate TGT Supporter

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    Good luck with your quest. Unfortunately, I don't think you're going to have much luck. It "might" change in the future but you'll probably be 21 or older by the time anything gets done.
     
  4. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Well-Known

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    Thats the way the law is written. It would have to be changed by the legislature. I agree it doesnt make a lot of sense.

    Right now, the only way you can get your LTC between 18 and 21 is to be Active or honorably discharged from the military. This also includes the reserves.

    Oddly enough, you would be able to posses the handgun, carry it with a LTC, but you would still not be able to purchase it from an ffl or buy ammo for it (federal law).

    (g) Notwithstanding Subsection (a)(2), a person who is at least 18 years of
    age but not yet 21 years of age is eligible for a license to carry a handgun if the
    person:
    (1) is a member or veteran of the United States armed forces, including a
    member or veteran of the reserves or national guard;
    (2) was discharged under honorable conditions, if discharged from the United
    States armed forces, reserves, or national guard; and
    (3) meets the other eligibility requirements of Subsection (a) except for the
    minimum age required by federal law to purchase a handgun.

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  5. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    Yup. You are not old enough to manage a pistol or alchohol, but you can drive and join the military and die for your country.
    Makes no sense to most of us. Join the club.
    And welcome.

    from an idgit coffeeholic
     
  6. Tcruse

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    First step is to get a member of congress at the federal level on board to lower the age to purchase handgun and handgun ammo. Maybe with Trump as president it could actually get some traction. It would then be likely that we could drag TX along to the same conclusion for LTC. Constitutional Carry is the ultimate goal.
     
  7. Taylor C

    Taylor C New Member

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    haha That's what I'm saying, when we depend on 18 year olds to defend the country, shouldn't we take into consideration the ability of someone who fits all the criteria (except age of 21) and passes the required test for a license? I mean if there are actual statistics that show banning the ability to obtain a license to carry for that age group decreases crime or deaths then I might understand a little better.
     
  8. Taylor C

    Taylor C New Member

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    How does one begin that process? I know its a very long process and it is very hard, but I agree that with trump and the republicans in the house there might be some sort of chance.
     
  9. easy rider

    easy rider Allotropic Transformer TGT Supporter

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    About all you can do is write congress and senate reps. or get a statewide petition started, but it will still be an uphill battle.

    By the way, I agree with you as I'm sure most here do also. And as far as statistics, good luck with that, many that make statistics that are shown nationwide stack in favor of gun control.
     
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  10. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Well-Known

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    Just an idea, but did the Texas Legislature make the minimum age 21 to go along with most other states for reciprocy?

    Either that or, as mentioned, federal regs or maybe both.

    Letters to your congressmen/senators at the federal level would be the first step towards getting the federal regs changed which is an extremely long shot even under the upcoming administration.

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