Minneapolis, MN (March 31, 2023) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the granting of the Summary Judgment it had sought in its lawsuit challenging the Minnesota prohibition of young adults from carrying firearms for self defense. In the Opinion, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota Judge Katherine Menedez ruled that Minnesota’s requirement that individuals be at least 21 years of age to be eligible for a carry permit violated Plaintiffs’ rights, and enjoined the state from further enforcement of the practice. The Opinion in FPC’s Worth v. Harrington case, along with other case documents, can be viewed at FPCLaw.org.
“The State of Minnesota requires a person to obtain a permit to lawfully carry a handgun in public, but does not issue permits to anyone under the age of twenty-one. The Plaintiffs, who are 18-to-20-year-old individuals and firearms advocacy organizations with members in that age range, argue that the minimum age requirement in Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law violates their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The parties have filed cross-motions for summary judgment. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022), compels the conclusion that Minnesota’s permitting age restriction is unconstitutional, and Plaintiffs are entitled to judgment as a matter of law,” the Opinion opens.
"FPC Law is thrilled with today's Opinion," said FPC Director of Legal Operations Bill Sack. "Our position all along has been that peaceable adults of all ages have human rights - even those aged 18 to 20. To restore the rights of an entire community of folks in Minnesota is a great win, not just for us but for the People."
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Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs.
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