The NRA is suing the state of Florida to block the state's first gun law passed after the Parkland shooting. The new bill, signed by Florida governor Rick Scott, raises the minimum age for buying firearms from 18 to 21. It also allows teachers carry guns with permission from local officials and bans bump stocks. The law does not ban semi-automatic rifles.
The NRA filed its lawsuit an hour after Governor Scott passed the bill and is asking officials to block the age restriction. They say the law violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms, stating, “Preventing a responsible 20-year-old from purchasing the best tool for self-defense will not stop a deranged criminal intent on committing a crime.”
Federal courts have upheld age restrictions as recently as 2014. The bill’s new age restrictions do not apply to police officers and members of the security forces.
Some Parkland survivors were at the bill’s signing and gun control advocates say the new law is a good first step. But regardless of this, very little has been done in terms of gun control, even though there have been a staggering amount of mass shootings in the country in recent years.