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Yes, Florida Republicans Really Did Pass Gun Control

Monday, March 12, 2018 16:01
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By Marion P. Hammer: Opinion

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USA – -( True Republicans, true believers in the Constitution, true believers in protecting the Freedom for which our Founding Fathers fought and died, stood strong and voted against the gun control bill.

But too many Republicans put their political futures ahead of the Constitution and the Second Amendment and voted for gun control. Republican Senators, House members and even Governor Rick Scott showed us that when their personal interest is at stake, they won’t keep their word. They put their hands on a Bible and swore to support, defend and protect the Constitution. Then voted for gun control.

When Governor Scott signed SB-7026 into law, he violated the Second Amendment rights of young adults between the ages of 18-21. He could have stopped it. He could have forced the legislature to do the right thing and work on a true school safety bill, but he caved and opted for gun control.

That’s why NRA filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida.

The Governor’s signing of that bill was so orchestrated and calculated that when the bill was signed, FDLE quickly shut down the background check system for hours – with no prior notice to dealers at all. When the system came back on line, an 18-21 year old could not purchase or take possession of any firearm.

Those 18-21 year olds who were in the process of purchasing rifles or shotguns had their purchases or transfers denied. Now, if they have rifles or shotguns ordered or on lay-a-way, when their guns come in, they will not be able to take possession of them. They will lose their guns and their probably their money.

In addition to having their Second Amendment rights violated they have been damaged financially by government action.

The bill also imposes a 3-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of rifles and shotguns and bans possession of bump stocks.

The bill defines “bump fire stock” as a conversion kit, a tool, an accessory, or a device used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire such semiautomatic firearm unassisted by a kit, a tool, an accessory, or a device. Although the bill took effect immediately, the bump stock ban doesn’t take effect until October 1, 2018.

Every legislator who voted for this bill, violated their sworn oath to “support, protect, and defend the Constitution.”

These gun control provisions do nothing to enhance school safety but merely serve to punish law-abiding citizens for the actions of a mentally ill teenager and the failures of government officials who refused to do their jobs.

Now is the time to get registered to vote because August 28, 2018, is Primary election day and that will be your chance to replace the Republicans who voted to take away Second Amendment rights. And on November 6, 2018 you get the final chance to be sure the person you elect to represent you will actually uphold their oath of office and protect your rights.

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