The state of Texas has given up the fight to block 18-to-20-year-olds from being able to apply for a license that would allow them to carry firearms in public. Currently, in Texas, there was a law that blocked those under 21 from carrying handguns even if it was for self-defense outside of their home.
The Firearms Policy Coalition Inc. along with two plaintiffs under 21 had challenged this law in court. In August, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Pittman ruled that the Second Amendment does not allow for restrictions to be placed on who was allowed to carry firearms based on their age. The state filed an appeal against this decision in September.
However, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw has now chosen to withdraw the appeal that had been filed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Firearms Policy Coalition celebrated this latest move in the case. Their senior attorney Cody Wisniewski said that “We applaud Texas for doing the right thing and accepting the district court’s ruling against its law prohibiting 18- to 20-year-old adults from carrying firearms in public.” He added that young adults have the same rights under the constitution as other adults.
Earlier this year Wisniewski had pointed out that Texas could not find “a single founding era law” to justify why 18-to-20-year-olds should not be allowed to carry firearms for self-defense in public because there isn’t such a law in existence currently. This is something that the judge, in this case, had also pointed out.