Lawsuits Challenge Handgun Age Limits

Two lawsuits could put guns in the hands of teenagers. The NRA along with two 18-year-olds filed suit in a Texas courtroom to allow those between the ages of 18 and 20 the right to buy and possess handguns.

The lawsuits target both federal and state laws to get guns from behind the glass counters and into the hands of people as young as 18. However some say that when it comes to carrying a handgun, 18 is just too young.

"I just think that's too young for them to have that responsibility," says one elderly woman.

Representatives for the National Rifle Association say if a person is old enough to fight and die in a war abroad -- they should be allowed to carry a handgun at home. Yet some in Texoma don't agree with the reasoning.

"I don't think they should because there would be more shootings," a young woman explains. "We already have enough shootings at the bars and stuff and it's just giving kids more reason to play with guns."

According to the FBI crime data from 2009, arrests for murder, homicides, and other violent crimes peak between the ages of 18 to 20. Advocates for the change say that with proper screening and teaching, responsible adults would benefit from carrying a handgun.

"As long as you an get approved through the background check, you should have a gun. I mean, now a days, you've got to in order to live in this world because everyone's crazy," one man says.

Especially since 18-year-olds are allowed to purchase rifles, a right that many agree with.

One self professed cowboy says, "I think everybody ought to have a gun."

Lawyers for the NRA say Texas' laws appear to be "a little bit schizophrenic," because the state allows 18-to-20-year-olds to carry handguns in their vehicle. Yet, the law prohibits them from having a concealed-handgun license. Although the laws don't seem to match up, the mindset for some is already made up.

"Just giving a 18-year-old a gun is not a wise idea," says a former police officer.

As of now, no court hearings have yet been set in the cases.

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6