NRA complains about tightened gun laws in Florida
As soon as the new gun law has been signed, there are protests from the gun lobby. The National Rifle Association considers the tightening of the rules in the state of Florida to be unconstitutional.
Dhe US gun lobby National Rifle Association (NRA) is suing a new law in the state of Florida that more strictly regulates the use and acquisition of firearms. With the new rule law-abiding gun owners would be punished for the criminal acts of a “disturbed person”, said the head of the NRA Institute for Legal Measures, Chris W. Cox, according to a report by the broadcaster CNN on Friday. “Securing our schools and protecting the constitutional rights of Americans are not mutually exclusive,” said Cox.
The NRA is particularly against the raising of the minimum age for buying weapons from 18 to 21 years. The lobbyists argue that 18-year-olds are adults and should be allowed to exercise their rights. The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Florida.
Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott had just signed the new law on Friday. Among other things, the minimum age for acquiring weapons is raised to 21 years. Furthermore, gun buyers have to accept a waiting period of three days in order to prevent acts of affect. Certain employees at schools in Florida are to be allowed to carry firearms in the future to deter and defend against possible attackers.
Turning point of the Parkland massacre
A 19-year-old man shot 17 people, including numerous students, at a high school in the city of Parkland on February 14. The shooter was arrested. He had bought the guns legally, even though he was known to have had mental health problems for a long time and had behavioral problems.
The NRA had protested against the law in advance. However, the law does not go far enough for activists who speak out against firearms.
In response to the rampage, President Donald Trump had promised to make schools more secure and signaled readiness to change the law. The NRA repeatedly takes action against attempts to tighten gun law.