Attorney General Tong Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Florida’s Firearm Age Regulation

Attorney General Tong Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Florida's Firearm Age Regulation

Press Releases (Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul in defending a Florida law prohibiting the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21. In an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the coalition argues that states have the right to enact reasonable, age-based firearm regulations that protect public safety and reduce the prevalence of gun violence. The coalition filed the brief in National Rifle Association v. Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The lawsuit challenges a provision of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act that generally prohibits the purchase of firearms by individuals under the age of 21. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that the law infringes upon the Second Amendment rights of young people. A lower court in this case rejected that argument, holding that laws regulating the sale of firearms to young people are longstanding and constitutional. “The United States Supreme Court has previously recognized that states have the right to enact sensible gun laws that protect public safety,” Attorney General Tong said. “Our coalition is urging the court to support Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which was passed after the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. high school and restricts firearm sales to people under the age of 21. Doing so is vital to prevent further senseless and tragic gun violence.” In the brief, […]

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