Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 06:11 pm
Lubbock Teen Challenges Federal Gun Law

A Lubbock courtroom could be the location of a major change
in national gun laws.

James A. D’Cruz, 18, has asked a federal judge to declare unconstitutional
the ban on handgun sales by federally licensed dealers to 18-20-year-olds.

The suit against the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and explosives was filed just days after D’Cruz visited Sharp Shooters, Inc.
and asked if he was legally able to buy a handgun. The employee
told him he couldn’t.

According to the suit, D’Cruz is a well-trained, lawful owner of
both long guns and handguns and is a decorated competitive
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps marksman.

D’Cruz’s suit argues the ban violates the rights of millions of responsible
Americans and therefore is invalid under the Second and Fifth Amendments.

D’Cruz is represented by local attorney Fernando M. Bustos, as well as
Washington, D.C., firm Cooper and Kirk, which has represented the
National Rifle Association in constitutional litigation for years.

Bustos did not return a phone message left Monday morning.

News of the lawsuit quickly spread across gun rights fora and message
boards, and the lobbying arm of the NRA quickly released a statement.

“In Heller and McDonald, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly stated that
the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right
to keep and bear arms for all law-abiding Americans,” said Chris W. Cox,
executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“That right is not limited only to Americans 21 years of age and older. ...
But while the Supreme Court has consistently made clear that the
federal government cannot ban or unduly restrict sales of items
protected by the Constitution, the federal government continues
to prohibit these adults from purchasing handguns from federally
licensed dealers, which represent the largest and most accessible
means of purchasing handguns.”

Heller and McDonald are recent Supreme Court cases clarifying the Second Amendment.

In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court ruled that
the Constitution grants adults the individual right to bear arms
inside a home in federal enclaves.

McDonald v. Chicago went further in holding that the Second Amendment
is made applicable to the states by the 14th Amendment.

Current law prohibits Federal Firearm License holders from selling handguns
or handgun ammunition to anyone under the age of 21. It is also
illegal for a person who doesn’t hold an FFL to sell a handgun to a
resident of another state.

The only remaining way for an 18-20-year-old to legally purchase a
handgun is in a face-to-face transaction with a seller who lives in
the same state as the buyer.

D’Cruz argues in the suit that the Gun Control Act of 1968
“significantly discourages and eliminates the private ownership of
firearms for lawful purposes by certain law-abiding citizens.”

The suit asks Judge Sam Cummings to declare the section of law
banning handgun sales to 18-20-year-olds unconstitutional and to
bar the BATFE from enforcing it.

University of Texas School of Law professor and Second Amendment
expert Lucas Powe said 18-year-olds are considered adults in
some situations and considered minors in others, such as in
regards to alcohol consumption.
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 06:14 pm
I just heard on the radio the other day that in Kansas you must me 11 years or older to earn a hunters safety certificate.

thought you might wanna come protest it...
Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 06:28 pm
Rockhead wrote:
I just heard on the radio the other day that in Kansas
you must me 11 years or older to earn a hunters safety certificate.

thought you might wanna come protest it...
Until then, he may be unsafe for the animals.

Think about it:
EVERY living person has an inalienable right
to defend his life and his property from the predatory violence of man or beast.

Equal protection of the laws is more than a slogan.
Its the Supreme Law of the Land.

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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 06:39 pm
Personally, I love these challenges to what is "adult enough". American law is all over the place and it's really pretty idiotic.

If they can decide to charge some 14 year old as an adult for a crime they should be able to sell a gun to a 14 year old that can prove he's responsible with it.
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 06:57 pm

If a child were in danger from a criminal or an animal
I cannot understand how ANYONE coud find it in his heart
to tell the young victim that he must surrender and relinquish his life
because the Constitution does not protect him
and he is legally too young to defend his life.

That is NOT what George Washington and his friends intended.

There survives a letter from Thomas Jefferson to his 12 year old nephew
admonishing him ALWAYS to take his gun with him, when he goes out for a walk
and to practice, to become more proficient with its accuracy.

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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 08:35 pm
Hunting is unrelated to constitutional issues.
Reply Wed 15 Sep, 2010 03:12 am
roger wrote:
Hunting is unrelated to constitutional issues.
The 2nd Amendment is versatile;
it simply divests government of jurisdiction.

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