FederalGunsJudicialTexas Withdraws Challenge to Federal Court Decision Allowing Adults Under 21 to Carry Handguns

Texans 18 to 20 years of age will be allowed to carry handguns after State of Texas withdrew its appeal of a federal court’s ruling.
December 20, 2022
In a significant legal pivot, the State of Texas has withdrawn its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling that struck down state laws prohibiting adults under 21 from carrying handguns, allowing the ruling to stand.

In September, the state appealed the ruling of Judge Mark Pittman, who wrote in Andrews v. McCraw that Texas law prohibiting 18 to 20-year-old adults from carrying a weapon outside the home does not conform to the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen.

“To the extent that Texas’s statutory scheme … prohibits law-abiding 18-to-20-year-olds from carrying handguns for self-defense outside the home based solely on their age, this statutory scheme violates the Second Amendment,” Pittman wrote in his ruling.

The decision by the State of Texas to let the Andrews ruling stand was quickly celebrated as a victory by the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), which expanded on how the ruling will impact the constitutional rights of younger adults.

“We applaud Texas for doing the right thing and accepting the district court’s ruling against its law prohibiting 18-to-20-year-old adults from carrying firearms in public,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC’s Senior Attorney for Constitutional Litigation.

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“Not only do young adults have the same constitutionally protected right to bear arms as all other adults, they are also among the reasons we have a Second Amendment, Constitution, and Country in the first place.”

The Texan also spoke with Gun Owners of America State Director Wesley Virdell, who applauded the decision.

“We are grateful to the attorney general’s office for recognizing that the Second Amendment does not discriminate against age, and we believe this is a huge victory for the rights of all Texans,” Virdell said.


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Matt Stringer

Matt Stringer is a reporter for The Texan who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy. He graduated from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas.