The National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit to stop the law the day it was signed.
The survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida scored a victory with a new law. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law on March 9. The law has three parts to help prevent the tragic events that unfolded on Feb. 14, 2018. First, the bill raises the age for purchasing a firearm from 18 to 21. Second, it includes a three-day waiting period when purchasing any firearm in the state of Florida and bans bump stocks, which can make guns automatic. Third, it creates a voluntary program that allows for some teachers to be armed if they choose to be. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law as soon as it was ready.
“I’m an NRA member, and I was an NRA member when I became governor. I’m going to be an NRA member when I’m not governor,” Gov. Scott said at a press conference. “I’m sure there are NRA members that agree with this bill, some that don’t agree with this bill.”
This is the first gun control legislation that has been passed in Florida in more than 20 years, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. It took the NRA less than 24 hours to file a lawsuit aimed at blocking this legislation. In particular, the NRA is taking issue with the increased age limit when buying a firearm.
“We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18- to 21-year-olds,” Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the NRA in Florida, told the Senate 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 complaint reads.
Watch the full video above to hear more about the lawsuit.