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Federal Limit on Age of Handgun Purchasers Struck Down by Judge in Virginia 

This decision would not affect the limitations on the state age

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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UNITED STATES: As a direct consequence of banning the sale of Supreme Court’s broad expansion of gun rights last year, a judge in Virginia has disproved federal laws of handguns to buyers who are over 18 but under 21. 

This judgment may foreshadow a rollback of regulation. This decision would not affect the limitations on the state age but will take advantage when the final decision is issued by the judge. 

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Justice Kavanaugh stated that states usually had the authority to inflict “fingerprinting, a background check, a mental patient record check, and coaching in firearms ability to handle and legislation concerning the use of force.”

A lawyer and a gun violence activist, Jonathan Lowy, said, “This is hardly a surprising move; all bets are out. Bruen granted authority to any judge who has the inclination to strike down any gun law.”

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Judge Robert E. Payne of the Federal District Court in Richmond, Virginia, proclaimed on Wednesday that laws and regulations implemented in the past few decades to enforce age limits on the sales of handguns, such as the semi-automatic Glock-style pistols, by federally licensed arms dealers were “not consistent with our nation’s history and tradition” and could not be reaffirmed. 

George HW Bush appointed Judge Payne in a 71-page ruling mentioned the opinion on the landmark that is backed by the majority opinion in the case of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen that disregarded the New York State law that restricted taking guns outside of the homes. 

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Advocacy group Everytown President for Gun Safety stated, “It’s the latest evidence of the gun lobby’s bigger strategy to see how far radical justices will let them push the Bruen decision.”

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