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Guns Sales Up, Governor Scott’s Standing With the NRA Down In the Wake of New Gun Laws

March 12th, 2018 by Jake Stofan

Since the first of March gun sales in Florida are up almost  20 percent over last year, according to the Department of Law Enforcement.

The jump occurred as state lawmakers voted to raise the age of buying any gun to 21

Just a little more than an hour after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law, raising the age to purchase a gun in the state to 21, the NRA filed suit, arguing it violates the 2nd and 14th amendment rights of 18 to 20-year olds.

 

“You can’t use age discrimination to violate First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights, any right,” said Marion Hammer with the NRA.

The law allows for some exceptions, including military members, law enforcement officers and correctional officers.

It also doesn’t ban possession of a firearm, only the purchase.

Scott says he plans to defend the law.

 

“I believe we have to recognize that we want to protect everybody’s rights, but we also want to protect our kids and our grandkids at school,” said Scott.

But Hammer says Scott’s standing with the NRA and gun owners has dropped dramatically.

 

“He put his hand on a bible and swore to support, protect and defend the constitution and then he signed legislation that violates constitutional rights. He obviously has a hard time keeping his word,” said Hammer.

Scott an NRA member himself, has previously held an A+ rating from the organization.

 

“I’m going to remain an NRA member. I’m going to fight for the Second Amendment, but I’m going to fight to make sure that our kids are safe in this state,” said Scott.

Florida is now among just three states to ban the sale of all firearms to those under 21-years-old.

The law took effect with Scotts signature.

The NRA filed a similar suit when the Federal Government raised the age to purchase hand guns to 21.

In that case, a federal court determined it was okay to restrict access to a targeted group for the sake of public safety.

 

 

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