NRA Files Lawsuit Over Florida Gun Control Law

Leslie Hanson
March 12, 2018

The measures come during a reignited national gun control debate revived by survivors of last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is a Republican and an NRA member, approved the measure after state lawmakers narrowly backed the move earlier this week. "Securing our schools and protecting the constitutional rights of Americans are not mutually exclusive".

The rampage by a former student with mental health issues and armed with an AR-15-style rifle left 17 students and teachers dead on Valentine's Day at the Parkland high school near Fort Lauderdale.

The NRA argues people who are 18 years old are considered adults "for nearly all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights".

The events are organized by local participants in the ENOUGH: National School Walkout, which is backed by Women's March Youth EMPOWER to demand congressional action on federal gun reform.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Pam Bondi and Rick Swearingen of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

DeVos characterized the administration's efforts as "a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety".

Scott signed the bill later in the day.

"We are happy and ready to keep working!", wrote junior Connor Dietrich.

The plan's release came a day before MA officials, including US Senator Edward J. Markey, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans planned to meet at police headquarters to reveal a proposal for federal gun legislation.

"Waiting periods, gun violence restraining orders, and 21 to buy a gun are what the people want", said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), "but the gun lobby, the legislature and the governor must know that this is just the beginning and not the end of the response".

The new law also prohibits the sale and purchase of bump stocks, which boost the firing speed of semiautomatic weapons.

It also includes a voluntary "guardian program" named after Coach Aaron Feis who was slain in the Parkland attack, which is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed.

"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.

The voucher program is included in a sweeping education bill that also includes a requirement that all Florida schools must display the words "In God We Trust".

Under caveats to the "guardian" program, teachers who "exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers" won't be allowed to carry guns on campus, unless they have military or law enforcement experience or if they teach a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.

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