NRA appealing Florida ban on gun sales to people under 21

NRA appealing Florida ban on gun sales to people under 21

The National Rifle Association (NRA) filed an appeal on Wednesday after a judge last month upheld the Florida law that prohibits people younger than 21 from purchasing guns. Former Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed legislation in 2018 that enacted new restrictions on gun purchases following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which resulted in 17 deaths. Among other provisions, the law raised the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21 and imposed a three-day waiting period for the majority of long-gun purchases. The NRA filed a lawsuit over the law shortly after it was signed, asking a federal judge to stop it from going into effect. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker last week upheld the law, claiming that it followed legal precedent, according to The Sun Sentinel . He did, however, say the case fell “squarely in the middle of a constitutional no man’s land.” Walker reportedly focused part of his ruling on a landmark 2008 Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which was considered a victory for pro-gun advocates but did say there were certain “longstanding prohibitions” regarding guns that do not breach the Second Amendment, including restrictions on mentally ill individuals and felons. The judge wrote that the age restrictions for purchasing guns are “analogous” to the limitations in the Heller case. The NRA is now appealing that decision, the Sun Sentinel reported . The notice did not provide details of the NRA’s arguments, but one of […]

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