Florida shooting: NRA sues as Florida enacts gun-control law

NRA sues Florida over ‘unconstitutional’ gun law

NRA sues Florida over ‘unconstitutional’ gun law

The suit notes that Florida law already limits access to firearms for people who are considered unsafe or mentally unstable, and federal laws already exist to "significantly constrain the right of adult citizens under the age of 21 to purchase firearms".

It comes as federal efforts to address the February 14 slayings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have sputtered, despite calls from President Donald Trump for bipartisan action.

"To the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, you made your voices heard", Scott said.

"I am glad, however, that the plan in this bill is not mandatory, which means it will be up to locally elected officials", Scott said.

For the first time in more than two decades, both of Florida's legislatures passed a gun control measure this week that - in addition to raising the sales age - implements a three-day waiting period on firearm purchases and bans so-called bump stocks, a supplementary device that turns a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic one.

Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina was killed in the shooting, read a statement from victims' families: "When it comes to preventing future acts of horrific school violence, this is the beginning of the journey".

According to the organization, the bill was "particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population". "I still think law enforcement officers should be the ones to protect our schools. It's nowhere near what we want, but it's progress and uplifting to see", he told the Associated Press. It was passed by the House and Senate earlier this week.

The bill also provides more than $100 million to make mental heath services available at every school.

Scott said he remained dissatisfied with the guardian provisions but signed the bill nonetheless, saying it would enhance school safety overall. It also revived a contentious national debate on gun control.

The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School used such a weapon, an AR-15 rifle.

Gun control supporters said the tragedy - the deadliest US high school shooting ever - has given new momentum to firearms-safety measures pending in at least two dozen states, many in solidly conservative parts of the nation.

But it went too far for some Republican lawmakers opposing stricter measures on gun ownership.

"(Scott) put his hand on a bible and took an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution", Hammer said in a telephone interview Friday.

What makes the situation worse is that it is not only the teachers who will be allowed to carry the weapons but also other school staff including, janitors and cafeteria workers.

In 1999, the NRA's position was that guns didn't belong in schools, certainly not in the possession of teachers.

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