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Florida joins NRA lawsuit against federal gun restrictions

Florida is supporting a National Rifle Association challenge of a federal law restricting young adults from purchasing guns.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined 22 other attorneys general in signing onto a brief intended to bolster the NRA's case. The gun rights organization wants the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a federal law restricting people ages 18, 19 and 20 from buying handguns.

Last year, a federal appeals court upheld that the law, passed in 1968, is constitutional. The NRA filed its petition in April asking for the Supreme Court to overturn that ruling; the states, led by Alabama, sent their brief last week.

Florida and the other states are arguing that their own laws allow people to purchase guns starting at age 18. They say the federal law passed by Congress undermines states' rights and infringes on citizens' Second Amendment protections.

In addition to Florida and Alabama, the other states supporting the NRA lawsuit are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Click here to download the brief filed by the states.

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Tim Williams

Republican Florida where guns have rights and people don't. Why voters have restrictions on their Rights but guns should roam free in schools, court houses, hospitals and everywhere free to kill without challenge as Stand your grounds leaves victims without protection.

Can't take anymore

I guess practically everyone in Florida has been worrying about those poor 18 and 19 year olds in the state that can only own shotguns and rifles. How can these kids have any self esteem if they are denied handguns by the evil federal government. I'm sure that somewhere in the US Constitution it says every kid has the right to pack a pistol or revolver. Pam Bondi knows nothing is more important than correcting this wrong.

Larry Jones

Florida is full of genuine civil era pundits and converts who practice moral rectitude by dating each others dark sides. An embarrassment to Bondi who should worry about purifying FL zealous district attorneys who are self-serving political opportunists throwing abused children and mothers down the path of judicial abyss.

Elmer Bontrager

Pam and the other AG's are referring to LEGALLY Purchased handguns. Crooks and Thugs will ALWAYS have access to guns!

We sent our 18,19 and 20 year old YOUNG ADULT's to war
in the Middle East.

This is not a gun issue, it is the issue of morals. I am sure Hollywood would gladly give ALL shoot em up violent movies! NOT!!!

Maureen

Why doesn't Florida allow 18 year olds to buy alcohol? Hey Pam why don't you put your money where you blowing mouth is? If you can go to jail and war at age 18 you should be able to buy alcohol. Pam Bondi is a sham and incompetent. When she gave a speech during the Presdential election she acted like a weird wooden puppet.

Conservitave Floridian

Wow! Florida needs an enema! All of Miami needs a good flush!

DrBillLemoine

There is no law banning gun ownership federally. It expired. In the aftermath of Newtown CT mass child killings, congress failed to pass new gun legislation. What reactionary wrote this bogus piece to stir up former Cubans? Florida is already antebellum with its 'stand your ground' law. Let's keep it truthful and keep guns out of the hands of mentals and criminals.

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