The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit aimed at Florida gun legislation that was signed into law on Friday. The suit requests that a federal judge bar the new law from taking effect, the AP reported.
The issue from the NRA is the part of the bill that raises the age limit for purchasing all firearms from 18 to 21. The NRA believes the regulation violates the 2nd amendment and argues that it violates the constitutional rights of “law-abiding citizens,” according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
“This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments,” the lawsuit reads.
The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. So if the new legislation bars those under 21 from purchasing guns, the lawsuit argues that it discriminates against adults based on their age. The lawsuit alleges that the new law especially will impact young women between the ages of 18 and 21 because they are much less likely to commit violent crimes.
Florida lawmakers passed the bill this week, it implements a three-day waiting period for the purchase of most long guns and bans bump stocks as well as other regulations. The new law also creates new mental health programs for schools and allows some trained personnel to carry concealed handguns on school property.
Florida governor, Rick Scott, signed the bill into law on Friday, despite strong opposition from the NRA. They criticized the bill after the governor signed it saying the new measure “punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual.”
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Credit: The Hill