In a recently filed petition for review (certiorari), the NRA has asked the Supreme Court to take a case to decide whether the Second Amendment prohibits the federal government (which would also almost certainly also apply to the states) from restricting the age that people can purchase guns to 21. In other words, the NRA is asserting that a minor should be able, under the Second Amendment, to buy a gun. The petition narrowly seeks to require that only 18, 19, or 20 year olds be permitted to buy a gun, but it raises an interesting question. Should the Constitution limit the government from setting the age to purchase a gun to adults only or should minors be allowed to buy guns without parental or guardian consent? And, if so, what age? Should a thirteen-year-old be able to plop down their allowance for a gun? A five-year-old? And, if not them, why should the government be restricted from saying that the age should be 21? The case is NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Court has not accepted it yet, and may not, but it is worth keeping an eye on. In the meantime, what do you think?