UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
Dallas, TEXAS -- The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is taking stand against the NRA. They have intervened in the federal lawsuit in Dallas filed by the NRA to lower the age for carrying concealed weapons.
The Brady Center is hoping to shoot down the NRA's lawsuit that would lower the age to carry concealed weapons from 21 to 18.
Big Iron Concealed Handgun Training Instructor, Johnny Price, has been giving concealed handgun license classes for years. He says he can see both sides of the argument.
"If they've been taught the right way, yes, they ought to have the right to carry. The Second Amendment gives us that right, but, you know, some responsibility goes with that. It's a lot of responsibility to carry a gun," Price explained.
The Brady Center argues 18 to 20 year olds aren't ready for that responsibility. They say studies show people under 21 lack the same judgement as adults, even after a safety course.
To get your concealed handgun license in Texas, you have to complete a 10 hour course, and then you can carry a gun.
Michelle Gettys has had her license for nearly four years. She says 18 year olds can be ready to carry guns.
"I do think at age 18 it would be something they would be pretty mature for if they did take the classes and knew the proper steps and what the consequences are if they don't handle themselves properly with weapons," said Gettys.
Texas is one of 36 states where you must be 21 to carry a concealed handgun. Price says he thinks the NRA brought the court suit to Texas in the first place because they knew it would be an easy decision in their favor, making it precedent for national law.
The Brady Center says giving teenagers the right to carry guns would be a reckless decision.