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CT governor: There's blood on the NRA's hands

13 March, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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The new provisions come in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed and 17 were injured.

Most of the law takes effect immediately, although the ban on the sale and possession of bump stocks kicks in on October 1, 2018, to give people who now own them time to get rid of them.

A lawyer for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz wants a judge to stop authorities from releasing any more of his jail medical and behavior records.

A Quinnipiac poll taken more than a week after the latest shooting found that 78 percent of Florida residents supported raising the age for all gun purchases to 21, 87 percent supported a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, and 56 percent supported allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds.

Florida's new law makes it one of just three states, including IL and Hawaii, that set an age limit of 21 for rifle purchases.

"We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18- to 21-year-olds", said Marion Hammer, lobbyist for the NRA in Florida.

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The NRA argues people who are 18 years old are considered adults "for nearly all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights". "At 18, citizens are eligible to serve in the military-to fight and die by arms for the country". The NRA filed a similar suit when the federal government raised the age to purchase handguns to 21.

But the federal courts did not see it that way.

Al Hoffman Jr., a real estate developer who served as Ambassador to Portugal under George W. Bush, plans to publicly announce the formation of the group, which will be called Americans for Gun Safety Now, on March 24, when he is in Washington D.C.to attend the March for Our Lives rally.

It also includes a provision requiring Florida Teacher Unions to go through a re-certification process if their membership levels fall beneath a certain level.

Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Acton, has maintained that the bill "punished punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual". "In those cases, it was youths aged eighteen to twenty years old". Lawmakers also couldn't reach agreement on gambling bills, a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure, a human trafficking bill that would let victims sue hotels who turn a blind eye to the illegal activity and a ban on texting and driving.

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