NRA Sues Florida Governor Rick Scott Over Rifle Purchase Age Restriction

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UPDATE 1:35 p.m.

Governor Scott signed the state's first gun control measures in 22 years Friday.

Per the AP, NRA lawyers are seeking to "block the new age restriction from taking effect". It also creates a so-called "guardian" program that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns.

The bank was responding to calls for action following 2016's Orlando nightclub shooting in which the gunman used a Sig rifle to murder 49 people.

A former student with a history of mental health issues is accused of killing 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 14 February in the second-deadliest USA school shooting ever.

"It's an example to the entire country that government can and has moved fast", he added.

Depending on who you ask, the legislation either went too far or not far enough.

The NRA has challenged new gun control laws in Florida drawn up after the school massacre that left 17 people dead.

The bill sets up a "guardian" program requiring 132 hours of training, a psychological test, background check and drug test for all school employees who volunteer to carry firearms on campus.

"We will review the lawsuit", said John Tupps, a spokesman for the governor, a Republican who has supported gun rights. They have to say what they need the money for and how they're going to use it. Donna Corbett, a Democrat on the school board in southern Indiana's New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation, said she never heard about $65,000 that went to a JROTC program at one of the high schools. "This is a time for all of us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done".

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Student activists from the school called it "a baby step".

The US Senate has no bill scheduled for debate, and the only measure moving in the House of Representatives is a bill to increase shooting response training for students and teachers.

"It's nowhere near the long-term solution". He says Florida "passed a lot of very good legislation last night". "We have paid a awful price for this progress". Pollack said he hasn't been told that Scott will approve the legislation - but he said he didn't know what other reason the governor would want families to come to town. "You should be proud".

Students have pushed back against arming teachers, but families of those killed in the Valentine's Day shooting urged lawmakers to pass the bill without delay. Florida's teachers union and the National Rifle Association are opposed.

It includes a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases, raises the minimum age to 21 to purchase a gun and gives police more authority to confiscate weapons.

"I still think law enforcement officers should be the ones who protect our schools", he said.

It includes $400 million to increase funding for school resource officers, mental health programs in schools, metal detectors and bullet-resistant windows in schools and for new child welfare investigators. And it seeks to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.

"This blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding Florida citizens and is thus invalid under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments", the lawsuit reads.

SB 7026, dubbed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, will toughen gun control in several ways - but would also allow some teachers to be armed.