NRA lawsuit: Florida gun control law violates Second Amendment

On Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit in response to a gun control measure signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott that raises the age to buy guns to 21, Fox News and others reported.

“The NRA filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by adults between the ages of 18-21. It is an affront to , as it totally eviscerates the rights of law-abiding adults to keep and bear arms ,” the NRA tweeted.

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According to the NRA-ILA:

…The ban is particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population who are unaffected by the ban. Despite this fact, the State of Florida has enacted a sweeping law banning all young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 from purchasing any firearm from any source. Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, stated, “Swift action is needed to prevent young adults in Florida from being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms.

We are confident that the courts will vindicate our view that Florida’s ban is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment.” The case is National Rifle Association of America, Inc. v. Bondi, and it has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Acton, maintains the measure “punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual.”

Fox News reported:

The bill signed by Governor Scott raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns and bans bump stocks, attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to approximate the firing speed of fully automatic ones. Such bump stocks were used in the recent gun massacre in Las Vegas in which several dozen people died.

The bill did appeal to Republicans with the inclusion of a provision that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns, something President Trump was passionate about immediately following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

Others responded:


Dan Bongino added:


“It’s an example to the entire country that government can and has, moved fast,” said Scott, a Republican.  The NRA also moved fast, filing the lawsuit just one hour after it was signed.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the changes were “the right thing to do,” but acknowledged: “This bill is not perfect, and sadly it will not bring back the 17 lives lost in the horrific school shooting, but the safety of our children is not a political issue.”

Activist and media Darling David Hogg responded:


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