The National Rifle Association has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida for infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of thousands of its citizens.
Florida state passed a new gun control bill on Wednesday in response to the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, The law bans the sales of firearms to adults between the ages of 18-21, among other actions such as banning bump stocks and requiring a waiting period when purchasing guns. FL. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law earlier today.
But, in a complaint filed Friday, the pro-Second Amendment organization said the government was violating the rights of thousands of its citizens with the measure.
The NRA filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by adults between the ages of 18-21. It is an affront to #2A, as it totally eviscerates the #2A rights of law-abiding adults to keep and bear arms #DefendTheSecond https://t.co/1gJjVi0t7r— NRA (@NRA) March 10, 2018
In a news release issued today, the NRA- Institute for Legislative Action said the law overwhelmingly impacts women. “The ban is particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population who are unaffected by the ban. Despite this fact, the State of Florida has enacted a sweeping law banning all young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 from purchasing any firearm from any source.”
Chris Cox, Legislative director of the NRA-ILA went on to say that “Swift action is needed to prevent young adults in Florida from being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms.”