Thursday, 16 August, 2018

NRA files lawsuit over Florida gun control law

NRA sues Florida over ‘unconstitutional’ gun law Joshua Roberts Reuters
Jay Anderson | 13 March, 2018, 11:22

The Republican-dominated Florida Legislature last week approved a fairly tepid package of gun control measures in response to the February 14 high school massacre in Parkland, Fla., in which a 19-year-old used an assault rifle to kill 17 people.

The newly passed Florida bill widens age restrictions by making it illegal under state law for anyone under 21 to buy any firearm, including rifles and shotguns, from any source.

Besides his objections to arming teachers, Scott was on record as being opposed to extending Florida's existing three-day waiting period for handgun sales to purchases of all firearms, as the new law now does.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a staunch ally of the National Rifle Association (NRA), signed into law on Friday a bill imposing a 21-year-old legal age requirement and three-day waiting period on all gun purchases and allowing the arming of some school employees.

In schools, it would create a "guardian" program enabling staff with law enforcement training and school district approval to carry concealed handguns on campus.

"Rather than banning specific weapons, we need to ban specific people from buying any weapon", Scott said.

"It's an example to the entire country that government can and has, moved fast", he remarked, cited by The BBC. The law will institute extreme risk protection orders allowing family members or law enforcement to petition a court for a temporary order that would confiscate the person's firearms based on evidence they are a threat to themselves or others.

A Florida judge paved the way Monday for surveillance video from the Parkland, Fla. mass shooting to be released to the public, possibly as early as Thursday.

The Broward County school superintendent has already said he doesn't want to participate in the program.




"We know that when it comes to preventing future acts of school violence, today's vote is just the beginning of our journey".

"The bill is far too comprehensive for the governor to let a few provisions prevent the positive changes this bill embodies", Galvano said.

It also includes a voluntary "guardian programme" named after Coach Aaron Feis, who was slain in the Parkland attack. Tony Montalto, whose daughter, Gina, died in the shooting, spoke for all of them.

The controversial legislation, which had cleared both houses of the Florida Legislature by Wednesday, includes additional gun control measures and a boost in safety resources at schools statewide. "We have paid a awful price for this progress".

"We have much more planned. This time must be different".

The legislation leaves the final decision on whether the bill is implemented up to each individual school board.

Student activists from the school called it "a baby step".

Florida Democrats unsuccessfully tried to add an amendment to the bill banning assault weapons. Several polls show that a majority of Floridians support such a ban.

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.

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