Almost as soon as Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law, the NRA was ready with a lawsuit to file against it.
A little more than an hour after the signing of the law, which raised the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21, the NRA’s Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18 to 21-year-olds.
Governor Scott made a point of declaring himself, now and forever, a card carrying NRA member, but that wasn’t enough to stop Hammer from going after everyone she could in the Florida state government for allowing this modicum of common sense gun control.
The lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the move.
“This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments,” it says.
It also does some mental gymnastics by arguing the gun control measure somehow violates women’s rights.
Hammer argues in her lawsuit that because women commit such a small proportion of violent crimes – 1.8 percent of those arrested for them are women vs. 8.7 percent men, according to one study – they needn’t have their gun purchasing rights violated between the ages of 18 and 21.
“The effect of Florida’s age-based ban is to impose a significant, unequal and impermissible burden on the right to keep and bear arms of a class of millions of law-abiding 18-to-21 year-old adult citizens,” the suit says.
Looks like logic flew out the window with this one. Nevermind that we legally prohibit drinking under the age of 21, but no one’s filing a lawsuit in support of our teens’ constitutional right to get wasted. Call me when Marion Hammer files that one, and then we can talk about legal precedent.
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