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May 20, 2013 6:17 PM by Associated Press

Appeals Court Upholds Age Limit to Carry Handguns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law that says 18-20-year-olds cannot receive a concealed handgun license.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Texas law limiting handgun licenses is constitutional. Lawmakers had decided that those under 21 were not mature enough to carry concealed handguns in public. The law makes an exception for members of the military.

The National Rifle Association had brought the suit on behalf of three teenagers against the state of Texas for denying adults under 21 from getting a license. But the court said that the Second Amendment does not confer a right to carry weapons beyond the home, and therefore the law was within the Legislature's authority.

The Texas Legislature is currently considering laws to allow guns on college campuses.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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