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Florida joins 22 other states in underage gun-purchase lawsuit

Seeks to overturn law preventing those under 18 from purchasing firearms

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GUN TOO FAR

Remember how well it worked out when Florida spent $70,000 last year to try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the federal government has absolutely no power over us liberty-loving crackers and our health care needs? Yeah, it didn’t work out and we’ve yet to secede (or fall off).

Well, last week Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi decided to have another go at joining the hoary red-state gang of idiots in challenging federal rule, only this time the ante is being raised by the presence of our paranoid friends in the National Rifle Association, because, holy shit, the Civil War never goes away. Bondi jumped on a suit filed with 22 other states – and, originally, two 19-year-olds – that seeks to challenge a 1968 federal law that forbids the sale of any guns to anyone under 18 by a licensed gun dealership, or the sale of handguns to anyone between the ages of 18 and 21. That second part, the states say, is an affront to state’s rights, and, therefore, a slippery slope coated in the blood of our founding fathers or something.

“But in the present day, congressional intrusions on the right to bear arms have become all too common,” the legal complaint strokes its gray beard. “This statute is a prime example. Each day it remains in effect will further entrench the misconception that Congress may treat the second amendment as a second-class right.” Ugh.

More specifically, the NRA wonders, why should our boys be able to fight in a war but not be able to protect their families with handguns? (Hey, NRA, while you’re down there, why not go ahead and get that drinking age lowered too?) Anyway, it’s unlikely that the Trojan Horse stuffed with gun manufacturers wanting to broaden their market share will sway the big court. According to scotusblog.com, there have been at least six gun-loving cases refused by the justices since 2008. Being 19 will continue to be a little less deadly, then.

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