NRA Sues FL for Raising Age to Purchase Guns to 21, Leaves Bump Stock Ban Unchallenged

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The National Rifle Association filed suit in federal court to block a portion of Florida’s new gun control law that raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms to 21.  The suit was filed less than two hours after Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law.

The new law also imposes a three-day waiting period for all firearms purchases, orders districts to have an armed law enforcement officer at every school, allows armed teachers on campus with certain restrictions, and enables involuntary confiscation of firearms by law enforcement officers.  Most notably, the act also broadly bans devices “used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire such semiautomatic firearm unassisted by a kit, a tool, an accessory, or a device.”

The NRA still maintains that bump fire stocks should be subject to additional regulation, a position used to support passage of this act and others like it across the country.  So, it is no surprise that their suit avoids challenging that portion of the new law.