Bold steps by NRA

NRA is challenging the law that prevents 18-20 olds from buying handguns from FFL dealers. That is a very bold move! Read the case details at this link. If you had asked me 2 or 5 years ago if I thought we’d see a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the purchase ban on handguns for 18-20 year olds, I’d have laughed and laughed some more. Yet now we have what appears to be an excellent case and a solid chance. I’m not going to get my hopes up, but I have to admit this would be cool.


  1. Well… is a stupid thing for the government to do .
    NO ! you can’t have a hand gun at 18yrs….We prefer to give you machine guns and tanks and grenades and weapons of mass destruction and you can’t keep the keys to the ICBM’s . = WTF ! ?

  2. My uncle is a Vietnam Vet and he was very fond of the idea that if 18 is good enough to die for your country then it should be good enough for everything else too, including handguns, booze, whatever.

  3. Jesse, I agree 100%. When I was in the Coast Guard before I turned 21, it didn’t make sense that even though I qualified expert on the pistol I wasn’t allowed to buy one from an FFL for my own personal use.

  4. About time they put my money to good use. I got a new gun Monday and apparently up until Monday I had either glanced over the part where it asks if you’re 21 and buying a handgun or I just never paid it much attention. But I did on Monday and thought it was awfully stupid, like having to wait till your 21 to buy booze. I’m with Jesse’s uncle, if you’re old enough to die for this country you should be old enough drink and buy handguns. If they think you’re mature enough to fight and use firepower far greater than any handgun, what’s the deal. I mean hell, most states let you drive at 16, at least as far as I know, that’s gonna be far more deadly than any handgun as far as I’m concerned.

  5. i say if you can give up your life for this country, and vote, well do the math. ” Semper Fi “

  6. 18 seems right … though there are times I think the driving age (and every other “age”) should be 21.

    Hey you darn kids! Get off my lawn!

  7. off-topic:
    I hope the NRA challenges the decision not to import those 850,000 M1 Garands and carbines..lest they all be dumped into the ocean. 😐

  8. It comes down to what is the “legal” age?
    You can drive at 16-17 in most states.
    You can smoke, buy a long gun, enter into contracts and join the army at 18.
    You can drink (in most if not all states) and buy a handgun at 21.
    And in PA at least you have to be 24 to get medical assistance, but you are not eligible for children’s coverage at 18, go figger.

    So, what is the “legal age”? If you are legally an adult at 18 are not all the other restrictions discrimination based on age, which I thought was illegal?
    If you are legally an adult you should be treated as such, and not be made a second class citizen by having to wait for the “you’re not old enough yet” bull to run out.

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