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Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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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.


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Here's A Brief History About The Feud Between President Trump And California

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Here’s A Brief History About The Feud Between President Trump And California

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President Donald Trump has made no mystery about his discontent with the state of California. The president has tried to talk down to the most populated state in the country boasting 12 percent of the population. Not to mention, California is the fifth largest economy in the world surpassing Great Britain last year.

There are several speculations about why Trump is so angry with The Golden State. Conversations around the City of Angels point to his perceived snub at the Emmys since “Celebrity Apprentice” never won an award. It is such a sore subject for the president that Hillary Clinton mentioned the snubs during the 2016 campaign.

Another sore spot for the president is the overwhelming and crushing defeat his presidential run experienced in California. Clinton figuratively stomped Trump with her 2.8 million vote win of the popular vote. In California, Clinton beat Trump by more than 4 million votes.

Not to mention all the times that California has taken Trump to court and blocked several of his measures aimed at hindering immigration and the environment.

Here’s a brief look at the feud between Trump and California that has transpired in the past couple of years.

On June 16, 2015, Trump announced his run for president and did so by saying that Mexicans were rapists and drug dealers.

Trump said in 2015: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

He also said that he would: “terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration, immediately.”

This statement alone set into motion a narrative that is against Mexicans, Latinos in general, and all immigrants.

Trump’s anti-immigration agenda included going after sanctuary cities, many of which are in California.

With the help of Attorney General Jeff Sessionswho’s always been outspoken about immigration and sanctuary cities — the Trump administration issued a harsh stance against undocumented people and the city officials who protect them.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have conducted several raids throughout the country, particularly in California including the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Los Angeles.

One of the ways California fought back against Trump targeting immigrants in that state was by passing the California Values Act.

On Oct. 5, 2017, Governor Brown singed the California Values Act, Senate Bill 54, which prohibits local officials and resources from aiding federal officials in carrying out raids.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the law “ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in our community.”

There’s been so much pushback from California that Trump has threatened to pull ICE out of the state.

“If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, ‘Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back,” Trump said during a press conference. “They would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”

Interestingly enough James Schwab, an ICE spokesman for the San Francisco Division, resigned yesterday saying he was basically told to lie.

“I just couldn’t bear the burden — continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false,” Schwab said on CNN.

Schwab said he had a particular issue with the number that was being thrown around by Sessions and ICE director Tom Homan. Both officials said they wanted to detain 800 undocumented immigrants, but because Oakland Mayor announced the raid beforehand, they couldn’t get all of their targets.

“It’s a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets. And to say they’re a type of dangerous criminal is also misleading,” Schwab said on CNN.

One of the biggest contested issues between Californians and Trump is the border wall. Neither the U.S. or Mexico has agreed to pay for it.

Since the beginning of his campaign, Trump has demanded more security and a “stronger” border. But the main problem — which has yet to be resolved — is that no one wants to pay for it. Not Mexico or the U.S.

In 2017, California Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill that would blacklist any state company that worked on Trump’s wall.

“If you’re a business that wants to do work with Trump’s proposed wall, then quite frankly, California doesn’t want to do business with you,” Lara said last year, according to NPR.

In 2018, California really stepped up their vigorous challenges against the president like during the time of inhumane family separations.

California was one of 17 states to bring lawsuits against the Trump administration over the zero-tolerance policy implemented by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Trump administration tried to act like they didn’t create the crisis at the border but the policy made it clear that they were to blame. As a result, federal courts ordered the Trump administration to reunite family but it was discovered that would be difficult because the administration did not properly register all the families separated. Some families are still indefinitely separated under the brutal and inhumane policy.

California has also been relentlessly fighting against the war on women perpetrated by the Trump administration.

By stripping federal funding from women’s healthcare centers, low-income women are going to be impacted. The Trump administration has made Planned Parenthood their greatest enemy and there doesn’t seem to be an end to their attacks in sight. Fortunately, states are standing up for their residents and fighting the Trump administration on their behalf.

And, most recently, there is the matter fo the citizenship question, which California is suing about.

Trump’s desire to question people about their citizenship on the census has been embroiled in legal battles since it was announced. Critics of the question say that the move will disproportionately impact states with high immigrant populations. The question could lead to some states losing billions in federal funds and lowering their representative and electoral college numbers.

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