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US top court refuses to review youth gun restrictions

Published on Feb 25, 2014 7:47 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) Supreme Court refused on Monday to review restrictions on handguns for young people, dealing a blow to arms activists.

The highly anticipated decision by the prestigious panel, delivered without comment, dismissed two challenges by the powerful National Rifle Association.

The move upholds a Texas law that prevents young people aged 18 to 21 from obtaining a permit to carry handguns. It also confirms a 1968 federal provision that only allows the sale of handguns to those older than 21.

In both cases, a federal appeals court had raised doubts - in two separate rulings - that the age group was sufficiently "responsible", even though the Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

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