‘Constitutional no man’s land’: Judge upholds ban on gun sales for those under 21

'Constitutional no man's land': Judge upholds ban on gun sales for those under 21

While expressing deep concerns about taking the constitutional right to carry guns away from some young people and not others, a federal judge upheld a Florida law that prohibits the sale of firearms to those under the age of 21. Rejecting arguments by the National Rifle Association, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker upheld the ban that is part of a sweeping gun control package passed in the wake of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 17 wounded. Noting the enormity of the Parkland tragedy, the deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history, Walker said state lawmakers faced “a colossal challenge” crafting a law just weeks after the Valentine’s Day shooting. More: Lawmakers say gun control not partisan, then blame partisanship for stalled bills More: Point of View: Editorial misses the point on guns “This Court does not envy the difficult balance the Legislature had to strike,” wrote Walker, a federal judge in Tallahassee. “That said, this Court has grave concerns about the balance the Legislature struck.” Further, he said in the 48-page decision released on Thursday, he isn’t convinced that the prohibition will prevent similar attacks. It would have stopped Nikolas Cruz but not others The law would have blocked accused Parkland shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, from legally purchasing an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle from a Coral Springs gun shop. But, Walker said, it won’t stop other young people from getting guns. “Many 18- to 20-year-olds who wish to obtain a […]

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