NRA Continues the Fight Against I-1639 in the Court of Appeals

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In 2018, Washington voters passed I-1639, which banned the sale of semi-automatic rifles to 18-to-20-year old adults. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In 2018, Washington voters passed I-1639, which banned the sale of semi-automatic rifles to 18-to-20-year old adults and to out of state residents—even transfers through FFLs in the buyer’s state.

The NRA and Second Amendment Foundation joined forces and challenged I-1639 in 2018. The court rejected Washington’s Motion to Dismiss our lawsuit in 2019, allowing the case to proceed. But the court ultimately upheld I-1639 in August 2020.

The fight continues. NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit and filed their opening brief today. “Young adults cannot be excluded from the protections of any enumerated right, including the Second Amendment,” the brief argues. “There is no historical precedent for depriving young adults of the ability to purchase semi-automatic rifles.” The brief further argues that I-1639 violates the commerce clause of the Constitution because Washington does not have “any legitimate state interest” in regulating the sale of firearms outside of the state.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for future updates on this and all of ILA’s efforts to defend your constitutional rights. 


About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Oldman
Oldman
6 months ago

What I say is: having lived in WA since ’57, good luck wid dat, especially in the ninth circuit court. Too many liberals and downright Venezuelan commies in this corner of the States.

Stag
Stag
6 months ago

“Young adults cannot be excluded from the protections of any enumerated right, including the Second Amendment,” the brief argues.

I find it ironic that the NRA is opposing this when they supported the GCA which banned the purchase of handguns by anyone under 21. The NRA has a much longer history of supporting and helping write gun laws than they do of actually supporting the 2A.

RoyD
RoyD
6 months ago

If you are living off money you have earned then you should be considered an adult. The flipside to that is if you are on the Govt dole maybe your “privileges/rights” should be curtailed for as long as you are. Just a thought.

Knute
Knute
6 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

“if you are on the Govt dole maybe your “privileges/rights” should be curtailed” I can agree with that, but it should be noted that that is the whole purpose of ‘govt gifts’ in the first place. People can give because of the heart, but not organizations. They do so only for profit. If they can grant someone some fiat currency (that they can print in almost unlimited quantity at no cost…), and trade that for the taking of those person’s rights… why WOULDN’T they do so? “The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland,… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Knute
uncle dudley
uncle dudley
6 months ago

It’s way past time for the federal government to issue a law on the age of adulthood in this country, some things an eighteen year old is considered an adult, other things it’s twenty one years old.
Just a year ago some democrats were talking about allowing sixteen year old’s the right to vote.
Parents can keep the young adults on their health insurance until age twenty seven years old.
The laws are very confusing and there needs to be across the board age for legal adulthood in the USA.

Sam in New Hampshire
Sam in New Hampshire
6 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

How about you don’t vote until you’re forty, unless you’re in the military or honorably discharged? (Disclosure: I’m a 76-year-old veteran, Army E5. Damn stupid kids!)