SAF Files Federal Challenge to Minn. Ban on CCW by Young Adults

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota, challenging that state’s ban on concealed carry by young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, alleging the ban violates the Second and 14th Amendment rights of those citizens.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S District Court for the District of Minnesota. The case is known as Worth v. Harrington.

Joining SAF are the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, Firearms Policy Coalition and three private citizens in the affected age group. Defendants are John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, plus three county sheriffs, Mille Lac County Sheriff Don Lorge, Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen and Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry, in their individual and official capacities.

“We recognize the rights of law-abiding young adults to vote, join the military, sign contracts, start businesses, get married and do other things,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “but when it comes to exercising one of the most basic fundamental rights protected by the Constitution, suddenly we treat them like children. You shouldn’t be able to have it both ways.

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“Minnesota law prohibits private citizens from carrying guns outside the home or vehicle without a permit,” he added, “but the state does not issue permits to anyone under age 21. This is patently unfair to an entire class of citizens who have otherwise achieved ‘majority status’ to exercise these other rights and privileges, but their right to keep and bear arms is kept off-limits. Young adults between eighteen and twenty-one were fully protected by the Second Amendment at the time of its ratification. Hundreds of statutes from the colonial and founding eras required 18-to-20-year-olds to keep and bear arms.”

The time has come, Gottlieb said, for courts to remedy this situation and eliminate what amounts to a double standard.

“You either have the rights of an adult, or you don’t,” he observed. “Rights are an all-or-nothing package, whether you are 18 or 81. This inconsistency in law needs to be fixed.”

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  • Thoughtful( I have a the math) June 11, 2021, 5:51 am

    Blue boy,

    Still acting like you are not a liberal troll? While Keith Ellison advocates policy that only a left wing ideologue could agree with, his religion is irrelevant to the issue at hand. Nice try, Blue boy, you are about as subtle as a heart attack.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) June 8, 2021, 3:41 pm

    Why would they pick Minnesota to file this lawsuit? There have to be at least two dozen states that refuse carry permits to 18, 19 and 20 year olds, why this one? Are they picking a fight with Keith Ellison, the attorney general of Minnesota? In 2005, Keith was the first member of Congress to be sworn in on a Koran instead of a Bible – Thomas Jefferson’s English translation of the Koran, on loan from the Smithsonian. He is a pretty outspoken member of the Progressive wing of the Democrats and lost out as the Chairman of the DNC to Tom Perez in 2016 (who probably was the one that got the ball rolling on the national outrage over the way migrant kids were handled at the border early in the Trump years, since he was involved in building the cages). In the last few years, several of the high profile police-involved deaths of persons of colour have come out of Minnesota, including George Floyd, cases that crossed Keith Ellis’ desk before they became national news. The SAF and the bowtied Gottleib are going after Keith Ellis. That is probably why Minnesota and not some other state.

    I feel halfway between a conspiracy theorist and a TED talk after that.

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