NRA Files Lawsuit Claiming Newly-Enacted Florida Gun Bill Violates Second Amendment

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Just hours after Governor Rick Scott signed new gun legislation into law, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit. The NRA claims that the bill, which raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm in the state and was drafted in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, violates the Second Amendment.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday and was announced by the NRA just hours after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the gun bill, dubbed the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” into law.

In a strongly worded Twitter post, the NRA stated, “The NRA 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, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, according to a report by Fox News, has asserted that the legislation “punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” referring to the gunman who killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

Along with raising the minimum age requirement for purchasing rifles from 18 to 21, the bill also applies the three-day waiting period typically used for handgun sales to long guns.

Bump stocks, an attachment that allows a semi-automatic rifle to function similarly to an automatic one, are also banned in the bill. A bump stock was used during the massacre in Las Vegas last year.

The bill did include a provision that allows teachers and other school staff to carry handguns on school campuses, providing they meet the training requirements set forth in the program.

It also provides new mental health programs for schools and limits access to firearms for those who show signs of being mentally ill or potentially violent.