"The Gun Guy" Says California's Ban On Under 21 Gun Sales Is Unconstitutional
INDIANAPOLIS -- As California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill into law that bans the sales of licensed dealers guns to those under 21, Indianapolis gun rights attorney Guy Relford says that law may not hold up if challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"If you, in California, now permanently eradicate the ability of someone 19 to 21 from buying a rifle or a shotgun, now you're eradicating all of their Second Amendment rights completely, which means they have no alternative," says Relford, since he says federal law already bans people under 21 from buying handguns.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, does allow an exemption law enforcement, members of the military and people with hunting licenses from the restriction.
"I think that could very likely face a successful Constitutional challenge, particularly if we have a strong pro-Second Amendment justice on the [U.S. Supreme] Court like a Brett Kavanaugh," says Relford.
Relford believes that Gov. Brown and other California lawmakers are "grandstanding" by enacting such laws that restrict gun sales to those who are otherwise legally allowed to own them in other states.
"It's based on the faulty premise that we see over and over and over again from gun control advocates which is that somehow we're going to pass one more law that the bad guys, the criminals are suddenly going to being complying with. We know that criminals don't comply with laws, that's what make them criminals," says Relford.
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