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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.