Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Lubbock Gun Rights Case

Published 03/16 2014 02:56PM

Updated 03/16 2014 03:16PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a gun rights case brought by the National Rifle Association in Lubbock. The local court docket was updated last week to reflect the decision made by the Supreme Court on February 24.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings ruled against the NRA – saying the State of Texas could withhold concealed carry permits to persons under the age of 21. In a related lawsuit, Cummings ruled the federal government could indeed prohibit persons under 21 from purchasing handguns from federally licensed dealers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans upheld both rulings.

The decision to deny a Supreme Court review applies to the lawsuit against Texas.

The NRA’s argument was that persons between the ages of 18 – 21 have Second Amendment rights. The state argued that it is not a total prohibition on firearms for such persons, and there is a compelling governmental interest to delay the full exercise of gun rights until a person has reached age 21.

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