[Ed. – The concept of the gun violence restraining order is a valid one. But that said, the NRA is right to push back on this, because the approach should not be one of looking for ways to take guns away from people. It should be one of noticing that people are mentally ill, and doing something about it. There is a very real danger that flawed intent — and potentially poorly designed law — will make the GVRO concept a way to backdoor people’s gun rights. With the mentally ill, our first thought should never be, “I need to get this guy’s gun.” It should be, “I need to get this guy under supervision and see what can be done for him.” It’s fine if, in that process, there’s a checklist that asks if he has access to guns. It’s not fine if “taking away guns” is a solution in search of a problem. Taking away guns is not a solution to anything. But frankly, law based on that bass-ackward concept is what Florida has just perpetrated.]
The National Rifle Association sued in federal court Friday to block a new Florida law, just signed by Gov. Rick Scott, that prohibits gun sales to anyone under 21.
“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. NRA lawyers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., were working on the complaint Friday afternoon, and filed the complaint moments before the court’s deadline.
Hammer had previously called the legislation “political eye-wash.”