NRA files suit over age discrimination provision in new Florida gun control law
By Chris Eger
Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a sweeping school security and gun control plan into law Friday, and the state was promptly sued by the NRA over a facet to raise the minimum age for any gun to 21. (Photo: FL Governor’s office)
Just after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the measure, the gun rights group hit the state with a federal lawsuit over stripping gun rights of thousands of adults due to their age.
Scott applied his signature to SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, on Friday, just three weeks after the high-profile shooting that claimed the lives of 17. The National Rifle Association responded the same day by filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Northern District of Florida, arguing the Constitutional rights of those over 18 and not yet 21 were being trampled by a tenet of the bill that raises the age to buy any gun in the state to 21.
“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,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “The ban is particularly