Kansas Joins NRA Challenge of Federal Gun Restrictions
TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas has joined a challenge to a federal law that restricts people ages 18, 19, and 20 from buying handguns. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and 21 other state attorneys general have signed on to National Rifle Association's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The N.R.A. wants the court to strike down the law, passed in 1968, that prevents people over 18 but under 21 from buying handguns from a licensed dealer. Last year, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in a unanimous 3-0 decision.
The N.R.A. argues the law violates the second amendment and contradicts a 2008 law that allows people to carry a handgun for self defense. They say the law is outdated and inconsistent.
For example, while the law does prevent someone over 18 but under 21 to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer, the law does not prevent someone from getting a handgun some other way.
And, while the law restricts the purchase of handguns by people in the 18-20 age range, the law does not prevent them from buying a shotgun or rifle from a licensed dealer.
In addition to Kansas, the following states are supporting the N.R.A. petition: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.