NRA Appeals Florida Judge’s Ruling That Blocks Gun Sales To Anyone Under 21
The National Rifle Association (NRA) filed an appeal in federal court Wednesday on the heels of a June 24 ruling that upheld a Florida law banning individuals under the age of 21 from being able to buy guns.
Florida’s law originally passed in 2018 after Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting that left 17 dead. It was approved by former GOP Gov. Rick Scott. The NRA sued upon its passage in Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington D.C. — claiming it violates the “fundamental rights” of adults to exercise their Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
The NRA filed its notice of appeal in Atlanta’s 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. According to NRA Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer, the organization’s action is to “protect the constitutionally guaranteed rights of all law-abiding adults.” Judge Mark E. Walker’s decision to uphold the law was influenced by the U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which included regulations that ban convicts or mentally ill individuals from obtaining guns.