A law passed in Florida in the wake of the Parkland school shooting that requires individuals to be at least 21 years old to purchase firearms was upheld by a federal appeals court on Thursday.
The Florida legislature passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act with bipartisan support three weeks after the shooting, in which a 19-year-old shot and killed 17 people.
While the law bans firearm sales to Floridians between the ages of 18 and 21, it doesn’t prohibit them from possessing guns. The bill also banned bump stocks, an attachment that allows semiautomatic weapons to fire at a faster rate.
The National Rifle Association challenged the law, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled Thursday that the law does not violate the Second Amendment.
“The Act’s restriction on the sale of firearms to 18-to-20-yearolds is consistent with this Nation’s relevant historical tradition of firearm regulation,” the three-judge panel wrote.
The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday evening.
Florida’s legislature could change the law in the upcoming session. State Rep. Bobby Payne, a Republican, introduced a bill earlier this week that would lower the age to purchase firearms back to 18.