9th Circuit Strikes Down California’s Semi-Auto Gun Ban For Young Adults

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(Ammoland.com)- A three-judge panel for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down a California prohibition on sales of semiautomatic rifles to young adults in the 18-20-year-old range, remanding the case back to the district court for further proceedings in a win for the Second Amendment Foundation. The case is known as Jones v. Bonta.

SAF was joined in by the Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., Firearms Policy Foundation, Calguns Foundation, Poway Weapons, and Gear and PWG Range, North County Shooting Center, Inc, Beebe Family Arms and Munitions, and three private citizens including Matthew Jones for whom the case is named.

The majority opinion was written by Judge Ryan Nelson and joined by Judge Kenneth Lee, both Donald Trump appointees, and in part by Judge Sidney Stein from the Southern District of New York, a Bill Clinton appointee. Judge Stein also dissented in part.

Writing for the majority, Judge Nelson observed, “(T)he Second Amendment protects the right of young adults to keep and bear arms, which includes the right to purchase them. The district court reasoned otherwise and held that the laws did not burden Second Amendment rights at all: that was legal error…(T)he district court erred by applying intermediate scrutiny, rather than strict scrutiny, to the semiautomatic centerfire rifle ban. And even under intermediate scrutiny, this ban likely violates the Second Amendment because it fails the ‘reasonable fit’ test.”

“We are delighted with the opinion,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The court majority rightly recognized that delaying the exercise of a right until age 21 does irreparable harm. It also applied strict scrutiny to the semi-auto ban.”

He noted this ruling could have an impact on another case challenging a similar prohibition in Washington State, which is also part of the Ninth Circuit. There, the prohibition was adopted via a citizen initiative in 2018, and was challenged by SAF and the National Rifle Association.

Jones v. Bonta

About the Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing, and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 750,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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uncle dudley

Thank you to former president Trump for appointing common sense judges.
We need more pro-gun rulings across the U.S..


Those “common sense” judges ruled that states have the right to steal elections & govts can force covid injections.

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Downvoters love The Big Steal and forced injections.


SupCt kills challenge to Maine Covid Vax Mandate

Downvoters love it:

Biden v MO let HHS mandate covid vax, w/o exemption, for all healthcare workers in institutions with fed funding for Medicare or Medicaid.”


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Dan Wos

Way to go SAF and FPC! Cheering you on. Thanks for everything you do in support of our 2nd Amendment.


it is a shame that negotiating rights away ,does not have their focus in right place


Case after case after case brought up before the courts, and resoundingly won, not by the NRA, which could be the 800 pound gorilla in RKBA matters but isn’t, but instead by SAF who most Americans have never heard of. And why is that?

THAT question, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, is the question I would like to hear Wayne LaPierre answer.

And if the EVP of what should be the premier RKBA advocate in the USA can’t deliver a satisfactory answer to that question, he should go if only for that reason and no other.


“THAT question, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, is the question I would like to hear Wayne LaPierre answer.”
I’d just like to hear him say ‘I resign’.

Green Mtn. Boy

That and toss out all his associated toadies along with him.


the nra has never been pro rights, they have been pro our rights , that is why 2a foundation is more effective,it does not have the jim crow baggage. 1934 was to keep poor from having weapons to defend themselves the tax basically doubled price of machine gun


The NRA has been pro gun , they have never been pro gun rights, Money today is there driving force.


Gee, the ninth circus court of seals finally pulled their head out of their ass. How did that happen you say? TRUMP
He might not have been perfect; he might have given some things away, but where it counted most, he got it right.

We need someone to get this country back on track again, I would vote for him again, but he needs to, and Hannity needs to and fox news needs to, quit promoting anti gunners like OZZ. Pisses me off.



yea! finally, some common sense 2A rulings.


California can’t say enough bad things about that state. Communist marxist ruled by the same 4 families for over 85 years.


at this time, negotiating rights away is too busy to take credit for the work of the Second Amendment Foundation.


Mmmmmmm… FEELS SO GOOOD Hearing this! 🙂

Green Mtn. Boy

Of course it was un Constitutional,it always was as are any and all gun control laws are.


“9th Circuit Strikes Down California’s Semi-Auto Gun Ban For Young Adults” Yup . . . just like the mag ban . . . and just like the mag ban, it will be appealed for en banc review, where the 9th upholds any and every gun control scheme! . . . and, uhhhhh, isn’t requiring a hunting license to buy a sporting rifle a de-facto REGISTRATION of gun owners? (sneaky little SOB’s) 18 year olds can’t buy a gun . . . but 13 year olds can get an abortion without parental consent . . . an 18 year old can’t… Read more »

Xaun Loc

Sorry, guys, but don’t break out the champagne just yet. Any 18-20 y/o in Kalifornia who wants to buy a semi-auto rifle better already have their hunting license and be standing at the door of their gun shop with cash in hand, because this ruling won’t last long at all. Kalifornia often loses 2A cases when the case is heard by a three-judge panel but they always request review by the entire court en banc, that request is always granted, and Kalifornia usually wins before the full 9th Circuit because even with the judges that Trump appointed, the 9th Circuit… Read more »


I find it interesting that Judge Sidney Stein opined on both sides of this case. It shows, there are jurists not beholden to partisan line. Would that there be more like him.

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Never stop fighting till the fight is done.

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