NRA Immediately Sued Florida Over New Gun-Control Law

It's upset legislation raises age to buy rifles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 9, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act in the governor's office at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday, March 9, 2018. He is flanked by victims'...   (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

(Newser) – The NRA has filed a federal lawsuit over gun control legislation Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Friday, saying it violates the Second Amendment by raising the age to buy guns from 18 to 21, the AP reports. The lawsuit came just hours after Scott, a Republican, signed the compromise bill. Lawyers for the NRA want a federal judge to block the new age restriction from taking effect.

The new legislation 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 that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a so-called "guardian" program that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns. The new measures come in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.


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