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Ninth Circuit Panel strikes down California semi-automatic rifle ban for 18-20 year olds

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday overturned California’s ban on selling semi-automatic rifles to 18-20 year olds.

The lawsuit against the law was brought by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and joined by the Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., Firearms Policy Foundation, Calguns Foundation, Poway Weapons and Gear and PWG Range, North County Shooting Center, Inc. ., Beebe Family Arms and Munitions, and Matthew Jones, along with two other citizens.

The panel’s majority opinion was written by Justice Ryan Nelson and joined by Justice Kenneth Lee, both appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Nelson wrote:

(T)e Second Amendment protects the right of young adults to own and bear arms, which includes the right to purchase them. The district court found otherwise and found that the statutes did not affect Second Amendment rights at all: it was an error of law…(T)he district court erred in applying an interim review , rather than a strict review, to the prohibition of semi-automatic centerfire rifles. And even under interim scrutiny, this ban likely violates the Second Amendment because it fails “reasonable adjustment.”

SAF Founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb responded to the decision saying, “We are delighted with the advice. … The majority of the Court correctly recognized that delaying the exercise of a right until the age of 21 causes irreparable harm. He also applied strict control to the banning of semi-automatics.

The case is Jones vs. Bonta20-56174 of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendmentt columnist for Breitbart News and author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused onn all Second Amendment stuff, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for Armed American Radio and an ambassador for Turning Point USA. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Contact him at [email protected] You can sign up to get Down Range at


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