NRA sues Florida after state passes gun control law

Posted March 13, 2018

Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) discussed the bill Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Friday to raise the purchase of long firearms from the age of 18 to 21, calling it "merely the beginning" of the response to last month's Parkland, FL, shooting.

In schools, the measure creates new mental health programs and establishes an anonymous tip line for reporting threats. Former Miami Beach Mayor and fellow Democratic contender Phil Levine calls the new law a good "first step", but adds more needs to be done when it comes to banning assault weapons; and Orlando businessman Chris King says the measure "incomplete". But the formation of this group appears to come at a time when the incentives to pass gun control seem to be waning.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said last week the House plans to bring members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation before the oversight and judiciary committees to talk about failures by the agency to act on warning signs exhibited by the Florida gunman before the shooting.

"I know the debate on all these issues will continue".

Fairfax, VA - -( The National Rifle Association today announced that it has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida's newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by young adults between the ages of 18-21.

"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.

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Gov. Scott is said to have expected opposition from the gun lobbyists.

The Florida Legislature passed a similar bill a year ago, but it was vetoed last summer by Scott. Records released by the sheriff's office said law enforcement officers entered the school 11 minutes after the shooting began. The governor publicly supported the bill but was mainly concerned with the act of arming teachers.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is named as a defendant, said she was proud of the law. The governor can not veto individual items in the bill itself, but he does have line-item veto power with the budget.

The Broward County school superintendent has already said he does not want to participate in the program.

"The release of such information would be detrimental to the fair presentation of evidence to the grand jury, and jury hearing this matter at trial, and potentially the due process rights of Nikolas Cruz", Assistant State Attorney Joel Silvershein said in a court filing for Satz's office. The motion notes that the 19-year-old Cruz was in an infirmary on suicide watch during the time span documented in the records.

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