Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

NRA Sues Florida Over Age Change in New Gun Laws

NRA Sues Florida Over Age Change in New Gun Laws

The NRA's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, said that barring adults under the age of 21 from buying rifles was unconstitutional, violating both the Second Amendment and Americans' 14th Amendment rights to equal protection under the law.

The bill also earmarks $67 million for a controversial program to arm teachers, a measure Governor Scott is opposed to.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg who was killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, holds up an print out of an National Rifle Association (NRA) ad as he pleads with Democratic senators to do something about gun violence.

Nearly immediately after Gov. Rick Scott signed gun-control measures that are unprecedented in the state, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit to try to block it.

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The new Florida law imposes a three-day waiting period for most purchases of long guns, raises the minimum age for buying those weapons to 21 and bans the possession of bump stocks, devices that can make semiautomatic weapons fire like fully automatic firearms.

The new measures come in the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"I'm going to be an NRA member when I'm not governor", Scott said of the bill passed in response to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Scott said he was still not persuaded by the measure but would sign the bill all the same. Senate Bill 7026 raises the required age from 18 to 21 and allows some teachers to carry guns in schools, a plan backed by President Trump.

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IT IS now beyond doubt: The fearless student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting are changing the debate about gun control. Former student Nikolas Cruz is charged with 17 counts of first degree murder.

An analysis of the NRA Foundation's public tax records found that about 500 schools across the country received $7.3 million from 2010 through 2016, mostly through competitive grants meant to promote shooting sports.

But many frustrated Democrats also rejected the proposal because it failed to include a ban on assault-style weapons, such as the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle Cruz used to mow down students and teachers at the school he once attended. Boldrick had previously reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement last month, and she said the Broward Sheriff's Office assigned a deputy to patrol her neighborhood.

"If counties don't want to do this, they can simply say no", he said. She notes that her husband is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and carries a gun at all times. "It's nowhere near the long-term solution", said Chris Grady, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Calls came from students hiding in classrooms and parents who were getting calls and text messages from their children.

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