NRA Targets Florida Ban on Gun Sales To People Under 21

NRA Targets Florida Ban on Gun Sales To People Under 21

News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to what it described as the “irrationality” of the ban, the National Rifle Association has urged a federal appeals court to reject a 2018 Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns. NRA attorneys last week filed a 61-page brief arguing that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should find that the law, passed after the mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, violates Second Amendment and equal-protection rights. The brief came after Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in June upheld the law. NRA attorneys wrote that the ban “infringes all young adults’ right to purchase any firearm, even for self-defense in the home” and contrasted it with other laws related to people under 21. “State law demonstrates the irrationality of the ban,” the brief said. “Florida law allows young adults — those it categorically deems unlawful and irresponsible (in the gun law) — to serve in the military and in law enforcement. It also allows young adults to serve on a jury, enter into contracts, sue and be sued, get married, and own property.Florida at once deems young adults to be law-abiding and responsible enough to enforce the law but not law-abiding and responsible enough to be trusted to follow it.” The Republican-controlled Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Scott approved the ban as part of a wide-ranging bill passed after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was accused of using a semi-automatic weapon to kill 17 students and […]

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