NRA sues Florida over new gun control law less than month after Parkland massacre

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed a gun control bill into law on Friday. The NRA’s lawsuit focuses on the part of the law that raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21.
Pro-gun control protests after Parkland shooting Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull via Flickr

Hours after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law regarding gun control on Friday, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against the state to block part of the legislation. The law was the first piece of legislation that deals with gun control that Florida has passed in the wake of the February 14 Parkland school shooting.

Among other things, the law raises the minimum age to purchase guns from 18 to 21, establishes a three-day waiting period on sales of handguns and prohibits the sale of bump fire stocks. The law also includes a controversial provision to arm some teachers and school employees after they receive police training.

The lawsuit filed by the NRA focuses on the new minimum age for firearm purchases. “This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” explained Chris W. Cox, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action’s executive director. “Securing our schools and protecting the constitutional rights of Americans are not mutually exclusive.”

The NRA claims in the suit that by raising the minimum age, the law violates two amendments of the US Constitution because 18-year-olds are considered adults “for almost all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights.”

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