Vermont has passed new gun control legislation that includes restrictions on bump stocks, increased background checks, and outlawing high capacity magazines (or “Massacre Magazines”, as Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) calls them in the video below).
But the most egregious part of the new legislation is the raising of the legal age to purchase guns to 21.
To my thinking, this is blatantly unconstitutional. Here’s why:
- The 2nd Amendment to the U.S Constitution protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.
- All such rights must be observed for all citizens of the United States that have attained the age of majority (recognized as being a legal adult with full rights as such).
- The age of majority is determined by each individual state. There is no such determination by the federal government.
- Vermont has set their age of majority at 18. Therefore, all citizens who attain the age of 18 in the state of Vermont need to be considered full citizens with every right that any other citizen has.
- If we agree that it’s Constitutional to raise the age to 21, they why would it not be Constitutional to raise the age to 121?
Watch the video for details of this story:
For the record, although the Vermont legislature is controlled by the Democrats who got the bill passed, Gov. Scott, a Republican, has vowed to sign it.