Jones, et al. v. California Att’y General Rob Bonta, et al.
Jones, et al. v. California Att’y General Rob Bonta, et al. (U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Cir., May 11, 2022): A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a California law banning the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under the age of 21 violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Before 2020, California law allowed people ages 18-21 to buy semiautomatic weapons if they had a hunting license. Following a 2020 mass shooting at a synagogue, California lawmakers amended the law to fully ban sales for the age group. A federal district court in San Diego rejected challenges to the law, upholding it as a valid public safety measure. The Ninth Circuit panel reversed, holding that the Second Amendment “protects the rights of young adults to keep and bear arms, which includes the right to purchase them.” Read the full decision here.