Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Split decision in case regarding 18-21 yr olds and handguns


Story here. I don't yet have a copy of the opinion. The district court upheld the Federal ban on handgun purchase from an FFL [corrected] by 18-21 year olds (18 year olds can possess long guns, and there are some exceptions to the ban). A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit affirmed that decision, and NRA and the plaintiffs moved for en banc reconsideration (i.e., by all the judges of the Circuit, rather than just the panel). The Circuit turned that down in a closely divided, 8-7 vote, with the dissenters said to have written a strongly-worded opinion.

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