By Jason Patterson | Florida
On Friday the NRA opened up a federal lawsuit after Florida legislators approved gun legislation that would raise the age to buy firearms/ any type of gun. The NRA claimed that this law does indeed violate the constitution and the 2nd amendment.
The lawsuit started just hours after Florida Gov. Rick Scott publicly went against allies in the NRA and untimely signed a gun control bill that was drafted in response to the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14.
Seventeen people were killed in that gun attack, attributed to a 19-year-old shooter, Nikolas Cruz. Later the NRA took it to Twitter saying it has filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by adults between the ages of 18-21.
It is an affront to #2A, as it totally eviscerates the #2A rights of law-abiding adults to keep and bear arms #DefendTheSecond
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Acton, has maintained that the bill “punished punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual.”
The lawsuit is asking a federal judge to block the new age restriction from taking effect.
The bill signed by Governor Scott 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, attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to approximate the firing speed of fully automatic ones. Such bump stocks were used in the recent gun massacre in Las Vegas in which several dozen people died.