Many Republicans have felt betrayed by a group of Florida Republicans who signed a bill for new gun control measures in The Sunshine State.
The 67 National Rifle Association backed Florida Republicans signed a bill last week that punishes law abiding gun owners for the actions of the Parkland, Florida school shooter who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School.
First In Two Decades.
The new gun control measures are the first enacted in Florida in more than two decades when Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, The Huffington Post reported.
The 67 Republicans that signed the bill have an A rating from the NRA as does Gov. Scott.
The law raises the minimum age for purchasing any firearm to 21-years-old, creates a three-day waiting period and bans the sale of bump stocks.
It also makes it easier for law enforcement to take guns and ammunition from people deemed to pose a threat.
One positive measure in the law makes it possible for certain school administrators to carry firearms on campus with the permission of their district and sheriff’s department.
But the NRA is striking back at the measures and defending Florida’s law-abiding gun owners.
NRA Strikes Back.
The NRA is suing the state of Florida, asking a court to negate the age restriction and prevent the state from enacting the law, The BBC reported.
The lawsuit says that people who are 18-years-old “for almost all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights.”
The law “punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” NRA spokesman Chris Cox said.
The law is ridiculous and it assumes that the shooter would not have found another way to murder people if he did not have a gun.
But the investigation into the shooting howed that the shooter was researching ways to make a bomb.
And we have witnessed terrorists using ordinary automobiles to murder and maim their targets.
The only thing this law successfully does is give people a false sense of security.
It won’t help those Republicans get Democrat voters to vote for them. Democrats have said the law does not go far enough.
It alienates the Republicans from their base. It is a knee-jerk response to a tragedy and now it is for the courts to decide.