The Bruen decision was like a lightening bolt to the heart of the gun control industry in this country. They knew when they read its language and realized its scope, that it meant much of the infrastructure that underlies the gun control laws that have been built up over the decades is now very much at risk.
One of the first examples of that came in August when a US District Court ruled, in a case brought by the Firearms Policy Coalition, that Texas’s ban on adults under 21 years old carrying firearms was unconstitutional. In accordance with Bruen, the court found the ban on carry by some adults in an arbitrary age group buying guns is inconsistent with country’s history and tradition of firearm regulation.
Inexplicably, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Department of Public Safety announced that they would appeal the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is the same Attorney General, mind you, who is currently suing the ATF in support of unregulated suppressor sales for cans that are made and sold entirely within the state of Texas.
Eventually, however, common sense (likely mixed with healthy portions of political and legal reality) seem to have gotten the better of Attorney General Paxton. Yesterday his office announced that they are dropping their appeal of the District Court ruling, so any law-abiding adult, age 18 and up, is now able to carry a firearm within the Fifth Circuit.
Here’s the FPC’s announcement . . .
Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that Texas has asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to withdraw the state’s appeal of the district court order that struck down its ban on handgun carry by young adults. The motion in FPC’s Andrews v. McCraw, along with other case documents, can be viewed at FPCLaw.org.
“We applaud Texas for doing the right thing and accepting the district court’s ruling against its law prohibiting 18-to-20-year-old adults from carrying firearms in public,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC’s Senior Attorney for Constitutional Litigation. “Not only do young adults have the same constitutionally protected right to bear arms as all other adults, they are also among the reasons we have a Second Amendment, Constitution, and Country in the first place.”
In August, the trial court stayed the injunction for 30 days to allow Texas time to appeal. Once the court disposes of the state’s motion to withdraw its appeal, the trial court’s injunction will take effect.
The plaintiffs in this case were represented by David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson, and William V. Bergstrom of Cooper & Kirk, who are representing FPC and individual gun owners in multiple other legal cases, as well as Texas counsel R. Brent Cooper of Cooper & Scully, P.C.
In addition to Andrews, FPC is litigating to restore the right of young people to keep and bear arms in cases including Lara v. Evanchick (vs. Pennsylvania, in the 3rd Circuit), Reese v. ATF (vs. the federal government, in the 5th Circuit), Beeler v. Long (vs. Tennessee, in the 6th Circuit), Meyer v. Raoul (vs. Illinois, in the 7th Circuit), Worth v. Harrington (vs. Minnesota, in the 8th Circuit), Jones v. Bonta (vs. California, in the 9th Circuit), and Baughcum v. Jackson (vs. Georgia, in the 11th Circuit).
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