A judge last week ruled that Minnesota's practice of barring adults aged 18 through 20 from obtaining a carry permit does not square with the Second Amendment.

The case, Worth v. Harrington, was brought by three adults in the restricted age range and backed by a series of pro-gun groups including the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, Firearms Policy Coalition, and the Second Amendment Foundation. In a 50-page order granting summary judgment handed down on March 31, U.S. District Judge Katherine Menendez was blunt.

"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 21," said Menendez, a Biden appointee who sits in St. Paul. "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, compels the conclusion that Minnesota’s permitting age restriction is unconstitutional, and Plaintiffs are entitled to judgment as a matter of law," Menendez noted. 

The gun rights groups behind the suit characterize it as a huge victory. 

"Today’s decision confirms what we already knew to be true, that 18-20-year-olds possess the same right to bear arms for self-defense as those over the age of 21,” SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut said in a statement emailed to Guns.com. "We are pleased that the court has enjoined the state of Minnesota from infringing on the rights of young adults. SAF will continue to work in the courts to vindicate the rights of all Americans."

The defendants in the case included Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety John Harrington, Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge, Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, and Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry.

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