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The National Rifle Association Sues As Florida Passes Gun-Control Law

Gina Frankis

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After a tragic school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the state has erupted in mass debate over the issue of gun control.

The recent school shooting left 17 people dead, rendering it one of the deadliest school shootings in the history of the world. Families and friends were left to mourn the deaths of their loved ones, and the shock of their pain was felt around the entire country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to combat the issue of school shootings, Florida passed a gun control law that raises the legal age for buying rifles in Florida. It also allows the training and arming of school staff.

Arming teachers with guns has been a major topic of discussion under the umbrella of the gun control debate recently. President Trump along with the NRA has voiced support for arming teachers.

The new law also bans bump stocks, which are devices that quicken the speed of fire of semi-automatic rifles. It also makes it easier for police to confiscate weapons and ammunition from people who are deemed threatening. Lastly, the law allows for the carrying of guns by school staff, with the consent of the sheriff’s department and their school district authorities.

The National Rifle Association is suing under the complaint that the law violates the Second Amendment of the US constitution. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. The NRA also complains that the new bill violates the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause by banning law-abiding citizens that are between the ages of 18 and 21 from buying guns.

 

 

Many people are left angry and some unsurprised at the NRA’s decision to sue under these conditions. A Democrat state senator from California, Scott Wiener, made a statement that the NRA’s arguments were “astounding,” labeling the group a “toxic force.”

We can only hope that this situation is dealt with responsibly by the state and that people continue to voice their opinions so that effective change can be made.

 

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The National Rifle Association Sues As Florida Passes Gun-Control Law