NRA sues Florida over gun bill same day Gov. Scott signed it into law

Governor Rick Scott is interviewed by moderator John Yearwood, world editor of the Miami Herald, at the International Economic Forum of the Americas hosted by the Palm Beach Strategic Forum at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.  on Monday, April 4, 2011.   (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Gary Coronado)   FLPAP103

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.”

The suit was filed just over an hour after Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law. He expected opposition from the gun lobby.

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