How the Florida Gun bill betrayed its residents

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, state lawmakers rammed through new gun control legislation that could put gun owners on the wrong side of the law.

The new bill has instituted the following changes to Florida law:

  • Raises the minimum age from 18 to 21 to purchase a rifle or long gun
  • Creates a mandatory three-day waiting period for firearms purchases
  • Bans so-called bump-fire stocks
  • Arms certain limited number of non-classroom school employees
  • Expands mental health services and regulations

From the New York Times:

(The Bill) “It was passed in defiance of the National Rifle Association and, if Gov. Rick Scott signs it, will be the first successful gun control measure in Florida in more than 20 years.”

Gov. Rick Scott did indeed sign the bill last week.

Upon the signing of the bill, the National Rifle Association submitted a law suit claiming that the bill infringes on the Second Amendment rights of 18 to 20-year-old citizens by prohibiting them from purchasing legal firearms.

Gun owners and supporters will want to keep an eye on this lawsuit and see which direction it will go, as it could change the landscape of the current gun control laws in Florida.

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