Gun control bill signed in Florida

The HillFlorida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed into law a measure imposing new restrictions on gun purchases in the state following a deadly shooting at a South Florida high school last month.

The bill, which passed this week with bipartisan support, raises the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for most purchases of long guns.

The measure also allows certain trained school employees to carry concealed handguns on school campuses and creates new mental health programs for schools.

This is mostly a loss for us, I think. Waiting periods and increased age requirements for long guns will punish millions of law abiding Florida gun owners without doing anything that would stop this attack. (The killer bought his guns a year before the attack). The "armed teachers" part of the legislation could have been a reasonable compromise, except it was watered down and requires school district approval. Since the school system leans so far left it looks horizontal, that means no.

The NRA has already filed suit over the age requirements. Their argument will likely be that it is constitutional to limit the types of firearms that someone of a given age can buy so long as they can still buy some type of firearm, but restricting all types of firearms would block any exercise of their 2nd Amendment right and thus will not stand. We'll see how that goes. Interestingly the suit also makes an as-applied challenge with respect to women. Not sure what I think about that yet.

This entry was published Sat Mar 10 09:58:17 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-03-10 09:58:17.0. [Tweet]

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