Everytown Files Amicus Brief in Support of Florida Law Prohibiting the Sale of Firearms to Persons Under the Age of 21 (NRA v. Swearingen)

February 3, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund submitted this amicus brief in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida in support of Florida’s post-Parkland law prohibiting the purchase of firearms by persons under the age of 21 — and in opposition to the baseless constitutional challenge brought by the NRA. Everytown’s brief details the long history of such age-based restrictions, which have existed for more than 150 years and have consistently been found by courts and legal scholars to be constitutional under the Second Amendment. Given this historical record, Everytown’s brief demonstrates that Florida’s law does not infringe upon a right protected by the Second Amendment. The brief also explains a further ground for the statute’s constitutionality: the substantial relationship and reasonable fit between California’s law and the State’s undeniably important interest in promoting public safety and reducing gun violence.

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