Weekend Win: Federal Judge has stuck down the Federal Ban on 18 to 20 year olds buying handguns By: Keith Finch


Federal Judge Thomas Kleeh struck down the long standing prohibition on 18, 19, and 20 year old adults form purchasing handguns. This ruling, if allowed to implement without appeal from the DoJ, will set the federal requirements to buy a handgun in line with those or rifles and shotguns.

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This change effectively realigns all Title I firearms to the same age standard for ownership. This will not change state laws (yet) but could as the effects of the ruling trickle down and states either adjust on their own or are adjusted via lawsuit.

Here are the highlights.

  • Judge Kleeh has struck down the federal prohibition against 18 to 20-year-olds purchasing handguns.
  • The plaintiffs in the case are Steven Robert Brown, Benjamin Weekley, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the West Virginia Citizens Defense League.
  • Kleeh’s decision enjoined the ATF, Garland, and Dettelbach from enforcing a ban on handgun purchases for 18 to 20-year-olds who are qualified.