February 26, 2018

THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE:

NRA battles Florida Republicans over gun crackdown (Matt Dixon, Feb. 26th, 2018, Politico)

The National Rifle Association, equipped with a vaunted political email list and support from passionate single-issue voters, is gearing up to take on Florida Gov. Rick Scott and GOP leaders as they tee up a rarity in Florida lawmaking: gun control legislation.

The central question for Republicans as the state's legislative session enters its final weeks is whether the NRA, which opposes the GOP-written measures, will get rolled by a collection of lawmakers it helped get elected. [...]

Among other things, the separate plans put forward by GOP leaders and Scott would increase the age to buy all guns to 21. The Legislature's plan includes a three-day waiting period for military-style semi-automatic weapons like AR-15s. Scott opposes plans to arm trained school staff, which the NRA supports. Both proposals ban "bump stocks," which allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic the firing speed of fully automatic weapons.

The NRA opposes each proposal, but it's unclear if the organization has the juice needed to torpedo the leadership-driven bills.

Posted by at February 26, 2018 6:56 AM

  

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