NRA sues Florida over gun bill same day Gov. Scott signed it into law

by Jeffrey Schweers
March 10, 2018

The National Rifle Association sued in federal court Friday to block a new Florida law, just signed by Gov. Rick Scott, that prohibits gun sales to anyone under 21.

“We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18- to 21-year-olds,” said Marion Hammer, lobbyist for the NRA in Florida. NRA lawyers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., were working on the complaint Friday afternoon, and filed the complaint moments before the court’s deadline.

Hammer had previously called the legislation “political eye-wash.”

The suit was filed just over an hour after Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law. He expected opposition from the gun lobby.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jose says:

    I can only speak about myself in this respect regarding the owning of a weapon. I had a weapon (as much as you can call a .22 rifle a weapon) which was only used to hunt for food (rabbits, squirrels, etc) and rid the farm of pests (rats) but never for anything else. I learn about what I consider a real weapon when I joined the service. I learn safety first of all, respect for the weapon and how to properly take care of it and what its use was for (combat). Same applies to all weapons regardless of calibre. I would say that the difference between 19 buying a weapon and 19 being issued a military weapon is what I mention before – learning the proper use of the weapon and its intended use ONLY.

    1. Navy Bob says:

      The absolute problem is NOT the weapon, but the heart of who holds it. Cain used a rock, OJ a knife. I watched the news this morning in DC and saw they made an arrest in the murder of a teen who killed another teen FOR HIS SHOES. We have people out there who have no compulsion about killing some one for a perceived slight (“He dissed me, man”), group affiliation (Crips vs Bloods, East Coast vs West Coast, MS-13 vs everybody), for some minor piece of property (shoes or coats the most common) or some minor amount of money. They do not care, and the question should be “Why”? Why do they not care? I do not subscribe the “video game made me do it” school of mind, but something is causing it. Nature vs Nurture maybe? But we must fix THAT before any “common sense gun laws” will work.

  • Navy Bob says:

    If a 19 year old is not mature enough to own a rifle, how can that same 19 year old enter the military, be issued a similar looking (but NOT THE SAME rifle) and be sent to war? If a 19 year old can not be trusted with a fire arm, why should they be trusted to vote for the politicians stripping them of their 2nd Amendment rights? If a 19 year old is not mature enough to be trusted to own a rifle, why should a 15 year old be considered mature enough o have an abortion with out parental permission? Let’s raise the age to 21 to vote, enter the military, own a fire arm and get an abortion, since teen agers can not be trusted.

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