The National Rifle Association is contesting a new gun control measures signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
The new law establishes a number of new requirements to own a gun in the state of Florida, which includes raising the minimum age to purchase any firearm to 21 years old.
“The NRA filed the lawsuit just hours after Gov. Rick Scott signed the legislation, which, in addition to funding for school safety programs, raises the age limit for buying rifles from 18 to 21 and extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns,” BuzzFeed reports. “It also establishes a program to arm trained teachers and campus employees.”
The NRA, however, is asking a federal judge to stop the new age requirement, arguing it violates the Constitution.
“At 18, citizens are eligible to serve in the military — to fight and die by arms for the country,” the lawsuit states. “This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendment.”
“The National Rifle Association today announced that it has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by young adults between the ages of 18-21,” a statement from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action said.
The NRA ILA said the new Florida law directly opposes constitutional protects for individuals ages 18 to 20 who are allowed to own a gun.
“Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to keep and bear arms,” the statement said.
The law unfairly affects younger women due to their statistically lower involvement in crimes, the NRA ILA argued.
“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.”
Per the statement, the Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action Chris Cox, 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 group concluded with the specific case details, “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.”
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Here’s more on Governor Scott and the new Florida legislation, via Washington Post:
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) defied his longtime allies at the National Rifle Association on Friday to sign into law a new set of gun regulations, more than three weeks after a school shooting claimed 17 lives in his state.
“I am going to do what I think are common-sense solutions,” Scott said after the signing. “I think this is the beginning. There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe.”
The law, passed by Republican legislative leaders and a number of Democrats, marks a major shift for a state known as a laboratory for gun rights legislation, including legal protections for people who use guns in self-defense and an expansive concealed-carry law.