Dem Attorneys General line up against young adults on CCW

Twenty-one Democrat state attorneys general are lining up against young adults and their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. (Dave Workman)

Twenty-one state attorneys general have lined up against the right of young adults to bear arms by signing onto an amicus brief in defense of a Pennsylvania that prohibits concealed carry licenses for anyone under age 21, according to the North State Journal in Raleigh, N.C.

They are all Democrats representing the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. The report said the District of Columbia attorney general also signed on, reinforcing the notion that Democrats are the party of gun control.

The newspaper quoted North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein asserting, “North Carolinians have become too familiar with school and college shootings…We must protect our kids and our communities from rising gun violence and keep guns out of the wrong hands. I’m filing this brief to ensure that North Carolina and other states can continue to take commonsense steps to protect the public.”

But Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation—a plaintiff in the case of Lara v. Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Policeweighed in when the lawsuit was filed, noting, “Young adults can join the military, where they might be assigned to carry firearms all over the world. They can get married, start businesses, enter into contracts and yet they are not considered mature enough to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. That’s nonsense.”

This is not the only such action in which SAF is playing a role. The gun rights organization, which specializes in education and litigation, also has legal actions in Illinois and Minnesota.

Adam Kraut, director of legal strategy for the Firearms Policy Coalition, another plaintiff, observed, “The text of the Second Amendment makes clear that the right to bear arms ‘shall not be infringed,’ and nothing in America’s history or tradition supports Pennsylvania’s laws banning carry by young adults.”

The brief submitted by the Democrat AGs asserts the Second Amendment “Allows States to Enact Varied Measures to Promote Gun Safety and Protect Against Gun Violence.” Their brief insists Pennsylvania’s restriction is in line with similar age-based restrictions in other states.


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