NRA is suing Florida after governor signs new gun laws
According to CNN, the National Rifle Association is suing the state of Florida after Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 into law, making this the first gun control legislation since the deadly shooting in Parkland.
Seventeen students and administrators were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a semi-automatic military-style rifle.
“This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Chris W. Cox told CNN. “Securing our schools and protecting the constitutional rights of Americans are not mutually exclusive.”
The major factors of this law include: raising the age to bare a firearm from 18 to 21, banning the purchase of bump fire stocks, and it giving police officers more latitude to confiscate weapons and gun materials from people that are ruled mentally unstable. The law will also give more funding to schools for armed officers.
The most controversial part of this new law is that some teachers may have the right to bear arms as part of the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, if the local sheriff and school district can come to an agreement. According to CNN, the $67 million provision is named after the coach who shielded students with his own body and died in last month’s shooting.
Members of the NRA filed the lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida claiming that the new law violates the 2nd and 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution.
There are many Florida officials in favor of the new law including Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said she’s “proud” of the law.
“This bill is not perfect, and sadly it will not bring back the 17 lives lost in the horrific school shooting, but the safety of our children is not a political issue, it’s simply the right thing to do,” Bondi shared.
The NRA issued a statement explaining the organization supports increased school security, fixing what it called a broken mental health system and want to keep guns away from people who are mentally ill.
“Preventing a responsible 20-year-old from purchasing the best tool for self-defense will not stop a deranged criminal intent on committing a crime,” the NRA said.