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In one of the more reactionary bits of liberal legislating in recent years, a push has been made to increase the minimum age required to purchase a firearm.

This sentiment comes to us almost directly from the February attack on Stoneman Douglas High School perpetrated by 19 year old former Student Nikolas Cruz.

Cruz was quite obviously mentally ill at the time of the rampage, having claimed to be taking direction from “demonic voices” that only he could hear, but that didn’t stop democratic lawmakers from immediately blaming the Second Amendment of the tragedy.

The ensuing outrage, fanned by the legacy television media, caused a number of retailers throughout the nation to adjust the age requirements in their outlets for young people to purchase rifles.  In most cases, this meant moving the age from 18 to 21 years old, much like the drinking age shift decades ago.

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In response, lawmakers in Washington State attempted to make this arbitrary measure of maturity and mental health the law…a plan that has now been curbed by a Constitution-friendly court ruling.

A Thurston County Superior Court judge sided with the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation against a gun-control ballot initiative in the state of Washington.

On July 3, Breitbart News reported that the initiative, I-1639, was being presented as a simple attempt to raise the legal age for long gun purchases from 18 to 21. Although an attempt to disqualify 18- to 20-year-olds from exercising their Second Amendments is troubling enough, the reality of the matter is that I-1639 would have put in place a new system of background checks and myriad other guns controls as well.

The NRA-ILA listed a few of the controls I-1639 would have put in place:

  • [Created] a gun registry for any transfers of commonly owned semi-automatic rifles;
  • [Introduced] a 10-business day waiting period on the purchase of semi-automatic rifles;
  • [Imposed] criminal liability on otherwise law-abiding gun owners who fail to store their firearms to state standards;
  • [Increased] the age limit to possess or purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21;
  • [Mandated] training prior to purchase;
  • And [authorized]a $25 fee to be assessed to semiautomatic rifle purchasers.

The fee alone would be a new tax that could be raised after a period of time in order to make the purchase of commonly owned semiautomatic firearms cost prohibitive.

One can only hope that this sort of Constitutional common sense is contagious, as we face the possibility of yet another violent incident being hijacked by the liberal left before the 2018 midterms.

 

 

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