NRA sues Florida over school safety bill raising age to buy rifle

NRA sues Florida over school safety bill raising age to buy rifle

NRA sues Florida over school safety bill raising age to buy rifle

Claiming violations of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit challenging a freshly signed Florida law increasing the age limit of purchasing a gun to 21. A spokesman told CNN the lawsuit is created to protect people's Second Amendment rights.

"If we want to prevent future atrocities, we must look for solutions that keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans", Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina died in the shooting, said the law is the "beginning of the journey".

"We are really pleased to see the attention and the awareness of mental health services now in the budget", she said.

The decision of Florida's legislature and Governor to support a plan that included an increase in the purchase age for firearms came as a surprise politically, especially since the NRA strenuously opposed the idea. "This time must be different".

Family members of all 17 Parkland victims signed a statement supporting passage of the legislation.

Through withdrawing the guilty plea, the defense hopes that the death penalty will be taken off the table.

"I wish I could tell you that I'm happy", Pollack said. But how could we be happy? He buried a sister and I buried a daughter. "I feel like we've done our best".

Following the Parkland shooting, many surviving students had lobbied politicians for greater gun control.

New York University law professor Mark Geistfeld said Florida's protections against lawsuits for state employees are strong and educators likely could be held liable in a civil case only if they acted criminally.

State leaders heard their cries.

The Legislature delivered the bill to Scott on Thursday.

"It's an example to the entire country that government can and has moved fast", he added.




The number 17 refers to the 14 students and three adults killed last month in a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The debate dominated headlines as lawmakers considered the first gun control measures to be considered in Tallahassee in more than two decades, which resulted in opposition from gun rights advocates like the NRA.

The legislation will raise the age to buy rifles to 21 from 18 and also require a three-day waiting period for long guns. It also bans the sale of bump stocks, which are used to convert a semi-automatic gun into an automatic one.

Outside the funding formula, the school districts also could apply for grants to improve the security of their campuses in a $98.9 million program. And they will also include a $500 stipend to help that person buy a gun if they need one.

A piece of legislation under consideration in Florida this week has received huge attention because of a controversial provision that would allow some teachers to have guns in schools.

I think the issue really boils down to respect; respect for the bereaved families' grief, respect for life and respect for the enormous power a firearm has to take away said life.

Democrat member Joseph Geller described the guardian programme as a "poison pill" in an otherwise necessary bill.

State Rep. Jared Moskowitz - a Democrat who represents the South Florida district where the shooting happened - said in a text that Scott will sign the bill on Friday.

The measure, previously approved by the state Senate, would automatically become law within 15 days unless vetoed by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Staff members could volunteer for the program but classroom teachers who exclusively perform instruction would be blocked from the program.

Scott said the measure addressed all of the issues highlighted by the tragedy.

"I just want to come here today".

Student activists from the school where the shooting took place followed the bill's track closely and called it "a baby step".

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