California Under 21 Rifle Ban Struck Down

A 2-1 panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said California’s ban on most adults aged 18-to-20 being able to buy semi-auto rifles didn’t jive with the Second Amendment.

Adopted in 2018 but only put into limited effect last year, the ban has been in court ever since, and the pro-gun crowd won this round. Of course, every gun case that has ever been won by the 2A bunch in the notoriously liberal “Nutty Ninth” has been overturned by a larger En Banc panel and never taken up by the Supremes, but that could change due to the new SCOTUS calculus.

Also, the fact that a mass shooting happened in New York involving a deranged 18-year-old and a semi-auto rifle just a few days after the California decision isn’t going to help.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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