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Everytown Law Applauds Federal Court of Appeals Decision Upholding Florida’s Minimum Age Law


Everytown Law Filed Amicus Briefs in the Eleventh Circuit and District Court in Support of Florida’s Law

Ruling Marks Third Legal Victory for Gun Safety This Week Following Everytown Law Settlement on Behalf of Kansas City and Federal Court Striking Down Dangerous Missouri Law

New York – Everytown Law, the nation’s largest team of gun violence prevention litigators, released the following statement applauding the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s decision upholding the provision in Florida’s “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” that prohibits 18-20 year-olds from purchasing firearms. This ruling marks the third victory for gun safety in the last three days, following Everytown Law’s settlement yesterday on behalf of Kansas City and a federal court striking down Missouri’s dangerous “Second Amendment Preservation Act” on Tuesday. 

“We’re pleased to see yet another federal court agree that common sense gun safety laws like Florida’s minimum-age law don’t just make communities safer, but are also fully constitutional,” said Janet Carter, Senior Director of Issues and Appeals at Everytown Law. “We hope other judges take note of the clear, forceful rationale for upholding this life-saving law.”

The post-Parkland law prohibits the purchase of firearms by persons under the age of 21. Everytown’s brief detailed the long history of similar age-based restrictions, which have existed for more than 150 years and which courts and scholars consistently found to be constitutional. Everytown law filed an amicus brief in support of the law in 2021, in addition to two amicus briefs supporting the law in the district court in 2020.