The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear two cases challenging gun control laws. Both appeals were brought by the National Rifle Association and sought to expand gun rights for young adults.
The first case challenged a Texas law that prevents most 18 to 20 year olds from carrying concealed guns in public. The second case argued against a 1968 federal law which makes it illegal for 18 to 20 year olds to purchase handguns from licensed federal firearms dealers.In a petition challenging the federal law on the illegal sale of handguns to anyone under age 21, NRA attorneys referred to the court’s landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. The court ruled then that the Second Amendment establishes an individual right to firearms to protect life and property, clearing the way for legislation that has made obtaining a gun much easier.
The court made no comment in denying the appeals. While it is now legal in fifty states to carry a concealed weapon on private property, the court has yet to address head-on the issue of carrying guns publicly.
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