US's NRA sues over age limit for guns bill

13 March, 2018, 11:26 | Author: Bert Pena
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The National Rifle Association responded the same day by filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Northern District of Florida, arguing the Constitutional rights of those over 18 and not yet 21 were being trampled by a tenet of the bill that raises the age to buy any gun in the state to 21. The School Board approved spending the money to staff six additional school resource officers for the remainder of the year. "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.

The bill does not ban selling or owning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 assault rifle Nikolas Cruz used to massacre 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, north of Miami, on February 14. The governor has signed into law some fairly benign requirements related to gun purchases that will help. "This is just the beginning", Tyra Hemans said. "I'm going to be an NRA member when I'm not governor", Scott said at the bill signing.

"It's an example to the entire country that government can and has moved fast", said Scott, whose state has been ruled for 20 years by gun-friendly Republican lawmakers. "If I veto the funding for this program now, this funding can not be used for additional law enforcement officers this year".

Many school superintendents are opposed to arming staff members as part of the Aaron Feis Guardian program, named in honor of the high school assistant football coach killed in last month's attack in Parkland.

A Quinnipiac poll taken more than a week after the latest shooting found that 78 percent of Florida residents supported raising the age for all gun purchases to 21, 87 percent supported a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, and 56 percent supported allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds. Tony Montalto, whose daughter, Gina, died in the shooting, spoke for all of them.

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As the Trace reported, 67 members of the Florida House and Senate with "A" or "A-plus" ratings from the gun rights group voted for the bill. "We have paid a bad price for this progress. This time must be different".

No student, no family, no teacher and no school should have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook or Columbine again. Among bills that passed during the first 60 days of session were measures to place tighter restrictions on opioid prescriptions, give consumers sales tax holidays for back-to-school items and hurricane supplies, ban marriage of anyone under age 17, replace a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with one of educator Mary McLeod Bethune and expand first responder workers compensation benefits to include treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Several polls show that a majority of Floridians support such a ban.

On the same day that Scott enacted the new Florida law, the NRA initiated a suit claiming a violation of citizens rights under the US Constitution.

"I know the debate on all these issues will continue, and that's healthy in our democracy".

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