Alabama Attorney General Supports Gun Law Challenge

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is supporting the National Rifle Association as it opposes a federal law restricting handgun sales to people ages eighteen to twenty.

Strange's office has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the NRA's challenge.

The brief was joined Friday by attorneys general in twenty-one other states.
Strange's brief challenges a 1968 federal law that prohibits licensed firearms dealers from selling to people under twenty-one, even though those same people aren't forbidden from possessing or using handguns.

The law was upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and that ruling is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The brief argues that eighteen-to twenty-year-olds should be allowed to exercise the right to bear arms.

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