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Appeals court: Dealers can sell handguns to 18-year-olds

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Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-13 22:20:06-04

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- An appeals court has ruled that a federal law banning licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults between ages 18 and 21 is unconstitutional.

In a 2-1 opinion Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond overturned a lower court ruling upholding the law, which has been in place since 1968.

Judge Julius Richardson, a Donald Trump Appointee, wrote that the law relegates both the right to bear arms and young adults under age 21 to second-class status.

The Biden administration has the option to appeal the ruling.