As the above shows, the gainers continue to include the Southeast, Texas, the Mountain States, and the Northwest. The losers are led by Illinois (I’m still amazed anyone who can leave stays there given the dire fiscal and tax situation and crappy weather) and New York (which continues to hemorrhage retirees to Florida). Those who can bail on Kansas, too, as the Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature do their best to destroy the economy and social fabric of the state in the stupidest experiment I’ve ever seen any state run. I continue to wonder how Arizona and Nevada are going to water their expanding populations. And, of course, there is New Mexico: the most underperforming state of all. Given its location and climate, it should be growing, yet somehow manages to make itself as unappealing and dysfunctional as possible.
The State of Florida passed a law to prohibit gun sales to anyone under the age of 21. The NRA (National Rifle Association of America) didn’t like it. Yesterday, it filed suit, alleging that the law is unconstitutional under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as to adults (anyone over the age of 18). The complaint can be found here.
My suspicion is that legislators passed the new law, and didn’t pass other potentially more meaningful restrictions (such as prohibitions on automatic assault weapons), because they knew the age restriction would be the hardest one to pass constitutional muster. Passing the law gave them political cover (they did something) while perhaps doing nothing — that is, nothing that won’t be reversed by a judge.
The prohibition of 18 to 20-year-olds buying guns might be hard to justify. After all, this age group is eligible to enlist in the Armed Forces and handle weapons responsibly. Why should their rights be infringed upon in this manner?
I realize this age group is restricted in other ways, such as prohibitions on purchasing alcoholic beverages. But no one has the right to bear a beer under the Second Amendment.
The real problem, of course, is the U.S. Supreme Court’s politically biased opinion construing the Second Amendment is a way that goes beyond the plain text. Once that happened, America was destined to have its violent impulses constitutionally protected.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the NRA wins this case.