Why the NRA’s ‘Airsoft Safety’ Equipment is Bad for Kids
The NRA, the gun lobby’s largest and most powerful lobbying group, is pushing for new gun legislation.
And its efforts have caught the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Friday, the justices are expected to decide whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) can enforce a federal ban on the sale of airsoft guns and accessories, which it claims violate the Second Amendment.
The issue of airguns has emerged as a key battleground for the NRA, which has fought for years to restrict their sale to people who have mental health problems or who do not have proper insurance.
But in a recent court filing, the NRA argues that a ban on airguns is unconstitutional because the products are safe and effective for children, including airsoft players.
Airsoft guns, also known as BB guns or “bullets,” are essentially miniature replicas of real guns, but with added power and features.
They are commonly used by teenagers and people with a physical disability.
The NRA argues in its lawsuit that the ban on firearms is necessary to protect children and that it has a constitutional right to protect its members.
The organization argues that gun control measures are necessary because gun violence in America has skyrocketed and because the NRA has an interest in promoting gun safety.
“The Second Amendment is not an abstract right that can be swept away by political expediency,” NRA President Wayne LaPierre said at a press conference in October.
At issue is whether the NRA can enforce the ban without violating the Second.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could determine whether airguns are covered by the Second amendment.
The court is weighing whether the Second guarantees a person the right to own firearms if they are used for lawful purposes.
During oral arguments in the case, attorneys for the gun industry argued that airguns pose no real threat to anyone other than those who are mentally ill or have a physical impairment.
If the court decides the airguns aren’t covered by Second Amendment protections, the case could impact more than just airsoft.
In recent years, gun manufacturers have been pushing to expand their sales beyond children.
“This is about children, and this is about safety,” the NRA said in its filing.
Even though the NRA filed its lawsuit last year, it’s not clear if the NRA plans to challenge the court’s ruling.
The NRA has been trying to convince the court to rule in its favor in court for years.
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