Posted Feb 12, 2014 11:45 am CST
The National Rifle Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether young adults aged 18-20 have a right to carry a gun outside the home.
The NRA is asking the court to review decisions reached by different panels of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in cases involving state and federal laws, Constitution Daily and SCOTUSblog report.
The federal law also restricts handgun access to youths in that same age group, SCOTUSblog says.
The NRA is arguing that the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which found a right to keep a handgun at home, should protect the right to carry guns outside the home, SCOTUSblog says. The group contends the federal courts are exhibiting “massive resistance” to Heller and the Second Amendment decision that followed, McDonald v. City of Chicago, which found that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments.
The court could announce as early as Feb. 24 whether it will accept the cases, NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and NRA v. McCraw.
Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.