NRA: Gun-sale restriction ‘obliterates’ millions of Floridians’ constitutional rights

NRA: Gun-sale restriction ‘obliterates’ millions of Floridians’ constitutional rights

Kiattipong / Shutterstock.com (The Center Square) – State law arbitrarily “obliterates” the constitutional rights of 18- to 20-year-old Floridians, attorneys for the National Rifle Association argue in their latest brief in a federal lawsuit challenging the Florida Legislature’s post-Parkland gun-control bill. NRA lawyers and attorneys for the state filed dueling briefs earlier this month with Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker. Both sides also submitted motions for summary judgment to avoid going to trial Jan. 11. Walker rejected a similar motion from the state in May. The NRA filed the lawsuit in spring 2018, shortly after the adoption of Senate Bill 7026 , the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. SB 7026 was a quickly assembled, $400 million response to the Parkland High School shooting that left 17 dead, which occurred Valentine’s Day 2018 while lawmakers were in session. SB 7026 raised the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, imposed a three-day waiting period to buy firearms, banned bump stocks and granted greater authority for law enforcement to seize weapons under red flag laws. The NRA quickly challenged the ban, arguing SB 7026 violated the Second Amendment and equal protection rights. The case, however, proceeded slowly because of a preliminary dispute over allowing plaintiffs to participate anonymously with the NRA. In their Sept. 3 motion, NRA attorneys argue the state has a legitimate interest in public safety, particularly in schools, but “cannot show the ban (on sales to those under 21) is the least restrictive means […]

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