In the United States, a Virginia judge has declared unconstitutional federal laws that prohibit the sale of guns to minors under the age of 21, stating that anyone over the age of 18 must be able to do so. How did it come to this? The ruling was handed down in a case brought by four boys who were over 18 but under 21 when they wanted to buy guns. (THE SHOOTINGS – JOE BIDEN’S POSITION)
What does the law say?
Under the law, parents can buy guns for their children or, this is the bizarre detail, children under 21 can buy a rifle. The judge cited a recent Supreme Court decision that expanded gun rights and the Second Amendment. The next steps? The Justice Department can now appeal the ruling and the case will most likely end up in the Supreme Court. Everytown Law, a gun violence prevention organization, attacked the judge’s ruling. Not only are they the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in the US, but data show that young people aged 18 to 20 commit homicides at three times the rate of those over 21. The ruling comes just after a wave of mass shootings that swept across the United States and left dozens of dead.