The NRA Lawsuit Against Florida

By Faye Higbee

As soon as Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the recent “bipartisan” gun bill into law, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit. Their case against Florida includes the premise that the state has violated both the 2nd Amendment and Section 1 of the 14th Amendment.

NRA statement from March 9, 2018:

The National Rifle Association today announced that it has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by young adults between the ages of 18-21.

Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to keep and bear arms. The ban is particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population who are unaffected by the ban. Despite this fact, the State of Florida has enacted a sweeping law banning all young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 from purchasing any firearm from any source. Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, stated, “Swift action is needed to prevent young adults in Florida from being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms.

We are confident that the courts will vindicate our view that Florida’s ban is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment.” The case is National Rifle Association of America, Inc. v. Bondi, and it has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

2nd and 14th Amendments

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The Florida law places a BLANKET ban on ALL citizens of legal adult age between 18 and 20 from purchasing firearms. We can all agree that mentally ill people should not have firearms, but to punish law abiding adults based on the actions of one “deranged” person should make the Florida law unconstitutional.

As we have repeatedly stated, 18, 19, and 20 year olds are considered adults and old enough to fight for our country. Telling them they cannot purchase a rifle or shotgun is ludicrous.

In the Revolutionary War, the people were the “militia.” It’s a precedent that has been upheld at the Supreme Court all the way to the Heller Decision. Even in New Hampshire on Saturday, a rally was held by Women’s Defense League that had members specifically attempt to make people understand that guns were not to blame for these recent killings: it’s the person behind the gun.

As the NRA lawsuit wends its way through the court system, we can only hope that by the time it reaches the Supreme Court, there will be enough injunctions issued to stop the law from implementation.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 2nd Amendment