Governor Of Florida Announces Major Change To State’s Gun Laws

By Micah Rate

Over the course of the last week, the gun control debate has touched on a number of different proposals, from banning AR-15s, bump stocks and high capacity magazines, to changing the way we approach mental health and even raising the age of eligibility for purchasing a rifle. Friday morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went with the latter.

In a press conference, Gov. Scott issued a statement saying the state of Florida will now require residents to be 21 years or older to purchase any firearm. However, there are exceptions. The governor explained, “There will be exceptions for active duty, and reserved military and spouses, national guard members, and law enforcement.”

BREAKING: Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state “will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 or older.”

— ABC News (@ABC) February 23, 2018

The announcement comes after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida took the lives of 17 and as survivors of the attack, their community, and people across the nation demand change. This move by Florida’s governor may not be considered good enough, though, as activists and supporters of gun control want a complete ban on AR-15s and similar semiautomatic rifles.

Florida’s move to raise the age limit will face opposition from supporters of the Second Amendment and organizations like the NRA which recently released a statement on such a proposal. In its statement, the NRA says, “We need serious proposals to prevent violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from acquiring firearms. Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or an adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals.”

At the national level, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Click to see the original article      

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