On Friday, Scott signed Senate Bill 7026. This will allow some teachers to be armed (cause for celebration) but comes at a greater cost than we may have been willing to bargain for. The bill also implements a three day waiting period for any gun, raises the age to purchase a gun from 18-years-old to 21-years-old, and bans bump stocks.
The National Rifle Association is fighting back though, and they are suing Florida, and pleading with a federal judge in order to block the new age requirement
“At 18, citizens are eligible to serve in the military — to fight and die by arms for the country,” the lawsuit continues,“This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendment.”
The bill signed by Scott, a Republican, on Friday also allots $100 million to improve school security and $67 million for the school employee–arming program, which is predicated on school district approval and law enforcement training.
The idea of arming teachers has been supported by the NRA and is not mentioned in the lawsuit.
Instead, the suit claims that Florida law already limits access to firearms to people who are “unsafe, mentally unstable, or otherwise incapable of safely operating a firearm” and infringes on the Second-Amendment rights of adult, law-abiding citizens.
Scott, who is also an NRA member, called the bill “historic legislation” that is “going to make our schools safer.”
Florida lawmakers have been under increased pressure to implement gun control measures since the Feb. 14 shooting, which sparked the #NeverAgain movement by students who want the sale of assault rifles banned.
NRA Executive Director Chris Cox said, “This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” he continued, “Security our schools and protecting the constitutional rights of Americans are not mutually exclusive.”
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