Attorney General Josh Stein Supports Age-Based Gun Safety Measures

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For immediate release: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Contact: Nazneen Ahmed (919) 716-0060

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today filed a friend of the court brief saying states have the right to enact reasonable age-based gun protections to keep people safe and preventing armed violence. Attorney General Stein joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general defending a Pennsylvania law that limits the issuance of concealed transport licenses to people aged 21 and over in Lara c. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. North Carolina has a similar law.

“North Carolinians have become too familiar with the school and college shootings,” Attorney General Josh Stein said. “We need to protect our children and our communities from escalating gun violence and keep guns in the wrong hands. I am tabling this brief to ensure that North Carolina and other states can continue to take sensible steps to protect the public. “

The trial court upheld the Pennsylvania law, ruling that the laws regulating the sale of firearms to youth are long-standing and constitutional. In their brief, the attorneys general argue that the Second Amendment gives states the ability to adopt reasonable public safety measures, including limiting the ability of persons under the age of 21 to carry concealed firearms in public. Although regulations differ based on the needs of each state, virtually all states and the District of Columbia have imposed age-based restrictions on the sale or use of firearms, and more than 30 states and the District of Columbia, including North Carolina, have enacted laws that prohibit people under the age of 21 from carrying concealed firearms in public. Likewise, courts across the country have consistently upheld age-based regulations, noting that the goal is to deter crime and promote public safety.

Attorney General Stein is accompanied in filing this brief by the Attorneys General of Illinois, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

A copy of the brief is available here.

Learn more about Attorney General Stein’s work to protect North Carolina from gun violence:

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