Legal News of the Day: Fifth Circuit Upholds Ban on Sale of Handguns to Those Under 21

On Thursday, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the ban restricting federally licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to those under the age of 21, finding that the statute passed an intermediate scrutiny standard and that the law was rationally related to a legitimate state interest.  The National Rifle Association (NRA) had challenged 18 U.S.C. § 922, part of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, on the grounds that it violates both Second Amendment rights, as laid out in District of Columbia v. Heller, as well as equal protection rights. For more on this decision, including some history on challenges of state gun laws, check out this Jurist article.