7th Circuit - Strikes Ban on Target Practice by Minors


People younger than 18 have a Second Amendment right to target practice, with adult supervision. Broad bans on the location of firing ranges are unconstitutional. On these points, all three judges of a 7th Circuit panel agree, in the newly decided Ezell II.

Released Wednesday, Ezell II held that:

  1. Chicago may not prohibit all persons under 18 from entering licensed firing ranges.
  2. Chicago may not constrict firing ranges to a tiny sliver of the city.

David Kopel
7th Circuit strikes ban on target practice by minors, and near-ban on firing ranges

Eugene Volokh
Opinion | Chicago ban on minors at gun ranges struck down under the Second Amendment



I defer to you in this Andy, but I think it is even more important. When you have a ruling that guns are protected that means that the gun itself is protected and presumably the ability to buy one and own it. When you start to get rulings about the 2nd Amendment that "expand" (we know the rights are there already, but they do not... ) that right to buying ammo or carrying or allowing children to have access under supervision helps us establish that the 2nd Amendment is not narrow. It encompases all the things associated with the right to keep and bear arms. This is not concealed carry reciprocity, but it is an important decision.


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