TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Just a little more than an hour after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law, raising the age to purchase a gun in the state to 21, the NRA filed suit, arguing it violates the 2nd and 14th amendment rights of 18 to 20-year-olds.
Marion Hammer, with the National Rifle Association, says “You can't use age discrimination to violate First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights, any right.”
The law allows for some exceptions, including military members, law enforcement officers and correctional officers. It also doesn’t ban possession of a firearm, only the purchase.
Scott says he plans to defend the law.
The Governor said, “I believe we have to recognize that we want to protect everybody's rights, but we also want to protect our kids and our grand kids at school.”
But Marion Hammer says Scott’s standing with the NRA and gun owners has dropped dramatically.
Hammer stated, “He put his hand on a bible and swore to support, protect and defend the constitution and then he signed legislation that violates constitutional rights. He obviously has a hard time keeping his word.”
Scott, an NRA member himself, has previously held an A+ rating from the organization. He said, “I'm going to remain an NRA member. I'm going to fight for the Second Amendment, but I'm going to fight to make sure that our kids are safe in this state.”
Florida is now among just three states to ban the sale of all firearms to those under 21-years-old.