Supreme Court rejects NRA appeals over limits on young adults' gun rights

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 24, 2014 - 8:51 AM

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from the National Rifle Association which complained about resistance by governments and judges to the high court's recent seminal rulings declaring that Americans have a constitutional right to own a gun.

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EleanoreFeb. 24, 1410:05 AM

Poorly written paragrap and a half, but it seems like a reasonable ignorance of the case. In the US the age of majority, full citizenship, is 21, not 18, correct? So either that needs to change, or the state laws do. Individuals who have not reached the majority age do not enjoy full civil rights for some very good reasons, this would be one. What that age is would be debateable.

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EleanoreFeb. 24, 1412:41 PM

I heard in passing from another source that the court also denied hearing two other firearms related cases brought to it for redress of greivance. I wonder what they were concerning?

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dazel21Feb. 24, 14 2:21 PM

But u will throw a M16 in the arms of a 18 yr old and ship him off to war.

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flatstanleyFeb. 24, 14 3:18 PM

"In the US the age of majority, full citizenship, is 21, not 18, correct?" According to the internet, the age of Majority in the US is 18 with the following exceptions: Alabama (19), Nebraska (19), Mississippi (21), and Puerto Rico (21).

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scubadoo68Feb. 24, 14 3:58 PM

It seems we need more definition around when person gains full citizenship rights. You can die for your country at 16 (same as age of consent), can't vote till 18 and need to wait till 21 to drink or own a gun. I'm not an NRA fan by any stretch (totally the opposite), but there seems to be a lot of hypocrisy with our age laws.

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sanddogsnarlFeb. 24, 14 4:53 PM

What?!? All 'real' Constitutional scholars out there can tell you that there should be absolutely NO restrictions, limits or constraints on the sainted and sacred Supreme Amendment.

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braxozFeb. 24, 14 6:12 PM

scubadoo68Feb. 24, 143:58 PM It seems we need more definition around when person gains full citizenship rights. You can die for your country at 16 (same as age of consent), can't vote till 18 and need to wait till 21 to drink or own a gun. I'm not an NRA fan by any stretch (totally the opposite), but there seems to be a lot of hypocrisy with our age laws. ___________________ Minimum age for military is 17 (with parent's consent). The de facto drinking age of 21(highest in any of the developed countries) was a Democrat Senator's bill signed by a Republican President (1984). For guns, the 21 applies to handguns, rifles and shotguns is 18, however state and local laws can change that.

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commonsenserFeb. 24, 14 7:44 PM

The answer is simple...The US Government does not want an armed resistance when they force millions of 18-21 year draftees to their own death. (Like Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, etc.) Wake up People!! "Gun control" is about "Control".

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jarlmnFeb. 24, 14 8:30 PM

Old enough to vote and to defend your country ... but not old enough to drink and to legally carry a firearm .... what nonsense! If "underage" folks from 17-21 weren't in our military, shooting rifles, firing cannons, driving tanks, etc., these old fuddy-duddy judges would have to fight our wars themselves! This is a travesty! As already noted, gun control (and neo-Prohabition) is really about CONTROL. The gun control advocates are already working-up various schemes to curtail the gun rights of returning soldiers. I'd like to see all the "underage" troops in our military stage a stand-down in protest!

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