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NRA files suit against Florida gun law

by Leigh Jones
Posted 3/10/18, 11:07 am

The National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit late Friday against new gun restrictions signed into law in Florida earlier that afternoon by Gov. Rick Scott. The bill 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, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a program allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry guns. The NRA claims the bill “punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual.” In its lawsuit, the nation’s largest gun rights lobby group claims increasing the age limit for gun purchases violates the Second Amendment. It wants a federal judge to block that portion of the Florida bill from taking effect. State lawmakers adopted the new restrictions three weeks after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered the freshman building at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla., and killed 17 people. He used an AR-15 rifle he purchased legally. Gun rights advocates have noted police had ample evidence that Cruz posed a threat before the shooting but failed to stop him.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 03/10/2018 02:09 pm

    I cannot find the Cox statement anywhere, including on the NRA-ILA website.  Can you provide a link or citation?

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 04:53 pm

    How did you know Cox made the statement, if you couldn't find it anywhere, since the above article doesn't mention him by name?

    On March 9th, Marion P. Hammer sent out an E-Mail from the NRA-ILA. The E-Mail had a link to "view the web version of this email", but it was a bad link.

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 10:16 pm

    CNN and The Washington Free Beacon attribute it to him without citing the occasion or source.  I usually can find primary sources pretty easily, so this bothers me.

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 04:42 pm

    You have to repeal the 26th Amendment before you can take Constitutional Rights away from 18-20 year olds, by claiming they are not adults, in order to be logically consistant.

  • Peter Allen's picture
    Peter Allen
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 06:26 pm

    Virtually all states ban drinking until age 21.  Most every 18 year old I know still lives with mommy and daddy, if not beyond age 25 these days.  They just move to the basement or game room.  I know drinking is not protected by the constitution, however the age at which a person becomes an "adult" keeps creeping upward, and indeed the brain's frontal lobe (control center) does not finish maturing in young males until apx age 24.   Yes 18 year olds can be put on the front lines in a war, but perhaps they should not be.  The constitution does not define adulthood.   It is not what it used to be and this must be considered.  Reasonalble restrictions may well delay an all out ban once liberals get a majority ... ..

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 08:55 pm

    I remember hearing 40 or 50 years ago that the military takes 18 year olds precisely because they do not yet have mature judgment. Military commanders can order them to do dangerous things that more mature soldiers would balk at. 

    At 18, I was certainly willing to take chances that sensible people don’t take.

    Should that disqualify those under 21 from buying a firearm?  Perhaps, but I think a whole lot of other laws might have to be changed at the same time.