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NRA files federal lawsuit to block new Florida gun law

The NRA cited a violation of constitutional rights.


Lauren L'Amie


Posted on Mar 10, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:12 pm CDT

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit in federal court to overturn a new Florida gun law that would impose restrictions on the required legal age to purchase firearms among other gun control measures, citing a violation of Americans’ constitutional rights.

According to Reuters, the NRA said the new bill imposed a “blanket ban” on law-abiding gun owners or those seeking to own a gun between the ages of 18 to 21.

On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, the first gun bill to be signed into law to pass since the school shooting in Parkland that left 17 students dead on Valentine’s Day. 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. Other gun control measures outlined include a three-day waiting period on all gun purchases in the state and a ban on the sale and possession of bump stocks.

Signed into law by Gov. Scott, himself an NRA member, the bill allocates $67 million to develop a voluntary program that will train and arm school personnel through a “school guardian program” HuffPost reports.

Despite its support of arming teachers through school marshal programs, the NRA tweeted that Florida’s newly-enacted ban “totally eviscerates” the second amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

H/T Reuters

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*First Published: Mar 10, 2018, 10:07 am CST