The National Rifle Association and two individuals under the age of twenty one have asked the Supreme Court to strike down a federal law that bans licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to minors. A federal appeals court upheld that law, ruling that Congress was justified in believing that easy commercial access to pistols for teenagers leads to violent crime.The new case, NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (docket 13 137), raises one of the broadest challenges to a gun control law to reach the Court in the five years since the Second Amendment was interpreted to protect a personal right to have a gun, at least for self defense.

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