Court Maintains Handgun Sales Ban

    TINLEY PARK, IL - OCTOBER 18:  Pistols are offered for sale at Freddie Bear Sports on October 18, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Facing a $267.5 million fiscal 2013 budget gap, Cook County, which includes the City of Chicago and suburbs, has proposed a tax of 5 cents per bullet and $25 on each firearm sold at gun and sporting goods stores in the county. Fred Lutger, who has owned Freddie Bear Sports for 35 years, is concerned with the impact the tax will have on his store which is located about 2 miles inside the Cook County line.

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    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston upheld a ban on the sale of handguns to people under the age of 21 on Thursday, in a major defeat for the NRA. The court ruled against the National Rifle Association, firearms dealers, and individuals who had argued that 18- to 20-year-olds had the right to buy handguns under the Second Amendment and the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled that the current law, passed in 1968, should stand, and added that the nation’s founders believed some groups could be disarmed without violating the right to bear arms.

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