“Nothing less than gun control on steroids.”
This is what the National Rifle Association is calling Florida’s newly passed (by the State Senate) gun control laws. The would bill essentially close the “gun show loophole” in the state’s current laws, while still allowing most private party gun sales to occur without a background check.
Instead of a background check with person-to-person gun sales, which accounts for approximately 20 percent of transactions in Florida, the seller would be required to check the buyer’s ID to make sure they are legally able to own a gun and also keep a record the checks made, according to reports.
Using the honor system, sellers would give a form to buyers for them to fill out. On the form would be questions to ascertain information such as if the buyer is a felon, if they’re a fugitive from justice, or if they have “anything else in their history that would prevent them from owning a gun.”
At the completion of the form, the seller could then confirm that they have “no knowledge or reason to believe that the purchaser is of unsound mind.”
While the form would be required to be completed in front of and signed by a notary public, the seller wouldn’t need to do anything with said form afterwards besides saving it for his own records.
Senator Tom Lee, committee chairman, said, “This committee bill is our best effort to try to improve public safety on the margins here. It is not a perfect system.”
Senator Lee said it would be in the seller’s “best interests” to retain the form, “should [the] weapon ultimately get used in the commission of a crime.” Failure to complete the form would be a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail, according to Breitbart.
Per the bill, sales in public places, such as gun shows, would require background checks.
Lobbyist Marion Hammer of The NRA said, “It appears to be an actual attempt to ban private sales through red tape and fear. Asking average citizens to create what amounts to a government form and get it notarized is ridiculous.”
She continued, “A vote for this bill is a vote for massive gun control.”
The bill was passed unanimously in the republican-led committee, save for one Senator, republican Aaron Bean, who walked out of the room and declined to vote. Senator Lee said the intent of the bill was to approve gun control “in the least onerous and burdensome way to gun owners.”
He said, “I empathize that any time somebody breaks the law, we come in and pass something, and law-abiding citizens are imposed upon. I get it. But we have a job to do.”
In addition to the above, the bill would also require the following:
Loaded firearms be securely stored to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from accessing them (The current age in the law is 16);
Loaded firearms be kept securely stored to prevent anyone of “unsound mind” from accessing them;
Paramedics and other emergency medical workers to report to police people who are a danger to themselves or the public, in addition to the current requirement for mental health workers; and
Assign the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with creating a statewide “threat assessment” system to prevent active shooters and assigns the department 37 full-time positions and nearly $6 million.
Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action had around a dozen representatives in the room with the Senate committee. While pleased with the “first step,” they will likely continue to push for full background checks for all gun sales.
Leader of the Tallahassee chapter of Moms, Kate Kile, said of the vote, “I like that they’re making an attempt to close these loopholes at gun shows. It’s a great first step.”
The bill comes on the tail of several mass shootings that have appeared to scare legislatures into stricter gun control.
Senator Lee commented, “We can’t just sit by idly while our children are killing children and pretend this isn’t happening.”
After the local Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, knee jerk reactions by legislatures led to the passing of laws that raised the minimum age for owning a weapon to 21, imposed a three-day waiting period for gun purchases and allowed for police to seize someone’s firearms under certain circumstances.
When shootings continued around the country, there was nothing the NRA could say to stop the Senate from enacting this legislation.
Lobbyist Hammer, mentioned above, released a statement following the Senate Committee’s vote.
In part, she said:
“On Monday, 1/13/20, it happened again. Senate President Bill Galvano picked a fight with Floridians who believe in the constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It is well known — even by the media — that in 2018 Bill Galvano orchestrated the creation and passage of the “Parkland Gun Control Bill.” And, of course, it didn’t stop gun crime or criminals. It only took away rights of law-abiding people.
“So now, he’s back for more gun control and it appears likely that Bloomberg’s $500,000.00 “donation” to Senate President Bill Galvano is behind yet another Galvano gun control bill. — SB-7028 – an admitted priority of Galvano.
“Michael Bloomberg is no friend to Republicans! He’s running in the Democratic Primary for President of the US on an anti-gun platform. Why are Senate Republicans doing his bidding?”
If passed by the House, and if not vetoed by Governor Ron DeSantis, SB 7028 would take effect July 1, 2020.
All across the country, patriots are waking up to the reality that Democrats have become emboldened with making a run on the Second Amendment. Perhaps realizing that their chance to reclaim the White House is slipping away by virtue of the weak impeachment charade, as well as the lack of any electable Democrat candidates, they have started Plan B, which is going state by state to implement their anti-Second Amendment agenda.
Three states in particular have initially become ground zero in this latest move by the Democrats to impose their anti-gun agenda on the American people.
The fight for gun rights in Virginia is only just beginning, but gun owners in the state made it very clear to Virginia legislators that they will not stand for their radical agenda.
On Monday, thousands of NRA members showed up at the Virginia legislature to send a message loud and clear—hands off our guns.
The NRA sent a call out to its members to go to the Virginia capitol to show legislators that any attempt to either restrict or confiscate their guns was not going to go smoothly.
In a press release sent to Breitbart News, the NRA said, “[January 13 is] NRA Lobby Day in Richmond. NRA Grassroots is inviting members and supporters to come to the Capitol to meet with their lawmakers to share the facts about the Northam Gun Confiscation scheme and make their opposition known.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported that NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said that one of the main goals was to have NRA members “appear at the first meeting of the Virginia Senate’s Courts of Justice,” which was on Monday.
The NRA posted videos on its Twitter page showing NRA members standing in the hallway outside of meetings in the Courts of Justice.
— NRA (@NRA) January 13, 2020
Of course, the Twitter post attracted the usual assortment of anti-gun wackos, whom we will not dignify by posting their ignorant, sometimes childish comments.
As a result of the strong show of gun supporters, Virginia Democrats “appeared” to have withdrawn an AR-15 confiscation bill. They also moderated other gun control proposals.
However, despite that, the Virginia state director for the NRA-ILA, Daniel Spiker, made clear that the changes made, although positive, were not good enough.
“While there were some improvements to some of these bills, overall, it’s still bad legislation. Putting in more regulations and making it more onerous on the law-abiding citizens of Virginia is not something we stand for,” said Spiker.
Among those showing at the capitol to oppose new gun controls was Richard Cosner of Chester, VA, a preacher.
“The Constitution is specific; it ‘shall not be infringed.’ If somebody wants to restrict those rights then they need to follow it by altering the Constitution, not be putting in place legislation that is in conflict with the Constitution,” he said.
Still, the gun grabbing state legislators in Virginia did accomplish step one—requiring owners to register AR-15s with the State Police.
House Bill 961 will allow the state to implement registration. Of course, once you know who has the guns, it makes it that much easier to confiscate them. People who lived in Cuba or Venezuela can attest to that.
More than a dozen gun-control bills have been pre-filed in Virginia’s newly Democrat controlled legislature, including an assault weapons ban (of which AR-15s are designated), a red flag law, and a limit on the number of legal gun purchases that can be made per person in a single month. What part of “shall not be infringed” to these zealots not understand?
With the exception of Senate Bill 16, the confiscation bill, all other gun control bills passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. While this was a small victory for the NRA and its members, it was likely deemed expendable by the legislature…for now.
Northam, in the ultimate show of hubris said, “The pieces of legislation that we’re offering is to keep guns out of prohibitive hands. It’s very simple. They’re constitutional and they support the Second Amendment.” Hey Ralph, newsflash. Criminals and bad guys don’t follow the law. That is why they’re called criminals.
Last Friday, Democrats imposed a ban on guns in the Capitol. The ban was approved by a joint House-Senate committee with the power to set policy for the Capitol and the nearby Pocahontas Building without review from the legislature.
That move angered Republicans, who were accustomed to carrying firearms on the floor of the House and Senate. That also was an impetus for the turnout at the Capitol on Monday.
In response, Lindsay Trittipoe, 61, of Richmond said, “It’s a wholesale assault on constitutional rights.”
Due to concerns about a potentially violent response to the restrictions (because you know NRA members have been involved in a lot of deadly shootings), a large number of State Police troopers were sent to the Capitol to supplement Capitol Police, and pages, who are typically teenagers were given the day off as well.
Metal detectors were set up at the front doors of the building and even people who work there were forced to go through screening via another entrance at the back of the building. Both lines stretched for blocks.
The event drew people who do not normally participate in public protest. Arnold Farber, a retired computer specialist from Hanover said that the anti-gun legislation proposed by the Democrats prompted him to come out for the first time ever. Recently, Farber’s home county declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary, which prompted him to get involved.
“We never had an attack [on gun rights] like this before,” Farber said.
Democrats still plan on taking up bills at some point to outlaw the sale of assault weapons, but not possession of them. For now.
House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert pulled no punches in speaking to a crowd gathered for a news conference by the NRA and the Republican delegation.
Gilbert said that Democrats “are about to fracture this commonwealth, turning it into two Virginias…The notion that you can legislate away evil and bad things in this world is folly.” Unless of course, you’re a Democrat.
Lori Haas, Virginia director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence actually said something that should serve as a cautionary tale. “Elections have consequences and they’re reacting to the mandate of the voters.” Remember that…elections have consequences. Over the next year and beyond, we will be literally fighting for the ability to retain the God-given rights guaranteed to us in the United States Constitution. There are those currently in power, and those seeking power who want to restrict or remove those rights. The only way to prevent that is to make sure that we elect people who will hold those rights sacred.
Enter Georgia. There have been several laws proposed that would impact the right to keep and bear arms in Georgia.
HB238 would require background checks for any guns purchased at gun shows, to provide that only dealers may legally sell, transfer, or exchange firearms at a gun show, and is known as the “Gun Safety Act.”
SB105 would prohibit the use of “bump stocks.”
HB435 would implement a so-called “red flag” law, which would allow family member or law enforcement officers to have weapons seized from an owner under circumstances such as domestic violence, drug use, history of violent behavior, etc. These laws across the country have raised concerns among Second Amendment proponents about the ability to seize weapons without the benefit of due process. Under Georgia’s proposed law, authorities would have 14 days to provide a hearing.
Whether any of these laws would pass in Georgia is probably unlikely because fortunately Stacy Abrams is not the governor. Also, most of the state’s gun bills go through the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, which is led by Rep. Bill Hitchens, a Vietnam war vet and a veteran law enforcement officer.
Hitchens says, “I’m very pro-gun. But I’ve seen the damage they can inflict on many occasions. We have to be very careful about our gun laws and who we will allow to have them.”
Hitchens has also said that both sides of the gun debate are polarizing, which he says conflicts with his personal outlook on firearms registration.
“My feeling on this is reasonableness, you know?” he said.
Rep. Matt Gurtler feels otherwise. “Law abiding citizens in Georgia shouldn’t have to pay the government a tax or a fee to exercise their natural right to self-defense,” he said.
He has introduced HB2, which would eliminate the need for gun carry permits. In fact, Gov. Brian Kemp endorsed “constitutional carry” during his gubernatorial campaign where he defeated Abrams. Gurtler believes eliminating the need for gun carry permits is reasonable.
“The second amendment says, ‘shall not be infringed.’ That’s a no-compromise statement to us (gun rights supporters) and to many Georgians. I think it will make people safer,” he said.
Gurtler proposed a similar bill last year, which did not get a hearing after it came before Hitchens’ committee. Hitchens was noncommittal when asked if it would get a hearing this year.
With that said, there are still some lawmakers in Georgia who are trying to outright ban automatic AND semi-automatic guns. HB-281 would do just that.
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The bill, written by State Sen. Donzella James would “prohibit the possession of automatic and semi-automatic guns.” Pretty cut and dry, right?
Well, as with many anti-gun nuts, Ms. James is, shall we say, a bit uninformed. As we dig into the definitions outlined in this bill, let’s take a look.
- Automatic or semi-automatic gun means any weapon which shoots or is designed to shoot
- Automatically, more than six shots, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger; or
- Without any action needed to fire consecutive shots, other than having ammunition loaded in such weapon’s feeding device.
This lady gives Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) a run for their money in the brain cells department. She apparently thinks that semi-automatic guns are the same as machine guns. She also thinks the mere act of inserting a magazine into a firearm will cause it to go all possessed and start shooting at will.
We have always said that when someone, especially the government is showing you something in their left hand, always look for what the right hand is doing.
We have been distracted a bit over the past couple of weeks on what the gun grabbing Democrats in Virginia are trying to do in that state, between threatening to confiscate semi-automatic rifles to calling in the National Guard to enforce their gun laws.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has reportedly had his campaign funded by billionaire trouble-maker George Soros, has proposed an extensive package of anti-gun bills.
The legislation that Ferguson proposed which are supposed “to combat mass shootings in Washington State” was unveiled last month.
“In 2019, we saw more mass killings than any year on record, many using high-capacity magazines and assault weapons,” Ferguson told The Associated Press. “We continue to see growing evidence that restricting access to high-capacity magazines and assault weapons will save lives.”
Of course, this has gotten the attention of pro-gun rights groups such as the Second Amendment Foundation, a Bellevue based group. Dave Workman, spokesman for the group said that gun rights groups will show up in force to protest anything that tries to infringe on Second Amendment rights.
“There’s a tendency to demonize the gun and the person who owns it instead of the bad guy who commits a crime,” he said.
A spokeswoman for a group called the Alliance For Gun Responsibility hopes that lawmakers in the state will now support bills that failed in the past.
“In 2018, Washingtonians elected the first true gun responsibility majority in Olympia, and we saw the difference that made last session when the legislature passed ten gun violence prevention measures,” said Kristin Ellingboe. “That’s evidence that our elected officials are finally catching up to the people of Washington State on this issue.”
Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee want to limit magazines to 10 rounds in the state, with exceptions cut out for law enforcement, military, and recreational shooting ranges.
Of course, they also want to ban the evil, scary looking “assault weapons”, which are defined as semi-automatic guns that contain at least one “military-style” feature. In other words, are black and scary looking. In this case, the Washington bill would grandfather possession of weapons that were purchased before the effective date of the bill.
Ferguson acknowledges that banning assault weapons will be a challenge.
“On banning the sale of assault weapons, I’ll be candid: It’s going to be a challenge,” he said. “We’ve seen that the people are ahead of the politicians on this. I’ll keep fighting for it because it’s the right thing to do.”
Workman, speaking for Second Amendment Foundation said that banning assault weapons is difficult because of the actual definition of the gun.
When the state passed initiative 1639 in 2018, an assault weapon was defined as “any rifle that reloads after firing a round when the trigger is pulled as opposed to a gun that requires the person to open and close a bolt to reload.” Well, call us stupid but that would appear to define nearly every rifle and shotgun made. As Workman says, the definition covers every semi-automatic rifle that’s ever been manufactured.
“You press the trigger, the action cycles, slides a new round into the chamber and you’re ready to go bang again. It applies to millions of guns,” he said.
The backers of the initiative were attempting to target scary black guns that look like military weapons; however, the definition goes far beyond that and includes virtually everything.
“They function like grandpa’s old shotgun,” Workman said. Any new legislation involving assault weapons will be impacted by that flawed definition that Workman spoke of. Don’t think for a minute that the ambiguous definition wasn’t by design.
Gong further, Ferguson wants to restrict the purchase of ammunition and wants to require background checks for ammo sales. This would be in order to make sure felons and prohibited persons can’t buy bullets. Because you know, bullets can hurt people if you have them thrown at you. Absolutely insane.
Pro-Second Amendment advocates say that weapons are being blamed instead of the people who carry them.
“We need to address the mental health issues that people claim are the cause of all of these mass shootings,” said gun shop owner Dan Davies. “Obviously the people are the cause, not the objects.”
Bruce Rogers, a gun owner is concerned that lawmakers will turn hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens into criminals.
“You’re turning them into criminals. That’s your neighbor, that’s your brother, sister. That’s a lot of people to criminalize.”
Ferguson’s office dismisses those concerns and says that if you already have these items, such as “assault weapons”, you can keep them. For now.
Phil Fortunato, a Republican state senator and candidate for governor says he will vote no when the bill comes up for a vote in the senate.
“My concern is that it’s just an incremental step,” he said. “It’s that ‘we’re going to focus on this gun because it’s scary looking,’ even though only a small number of crimes are actually committed with this type of weapon.”
Below is a list of current proposals. Some are house bills, and some are senate bills; many address the same issue and are raised in both chambers.
- HB 2467- Statewide excise tax on sale, trade, or transfer of all firearms
- HB 2240- Bans possession, sale, use or transfer of all magazines above 10 rounds
- HB 2241- Bans semi-automatic firearms and magazines above 10 rounds
- SB 6076- Bans semi-automatic firearms and magazines above 10 rounds
- SB 6077- Bans possession, sale, use or transfer of all magazines above 10 rounds
- HB 2519- Background checks for ammunition, licensing of all ammunition sellers
- SB 6288- Creates the “office of firearm violence prevention.” (another government bureaucracy)
- SB 6294- Mandates potentially expensive, time consuming or hard to obtain training for CPL (concealed pistol license)
- HB 1068- Bans “high capacity” magazines above 10 rounds
- SB 5062- Bans “high capacity” magazines above 10 rounds
- SB 5340- Bans assault weapons and magazines above 10 rounds
- HB 1286- Bans assault weapons and magazines above 10 rounds
- HB 1346- Bans the sale of ammunition to individuals under 21
- SB 5174- Implements expensive training requirements and fees for CPL
- HB 1315- Implements expensive training requirements and fees for CPL
- SB 5434- Implements “gun free” zones at day cares, libraries and public parks
- HB- 1530- Implements “gun free” zones at day cares, libraries and public parks
- HB-1374- Repeals state preemption law (this basically allows cities/towns to make stricter gun laws than permitted by state statute).
Eighteen…– eighteen proposed gun regulations. Hopefully, and it appears to be so, people in Washington State are paying attention. The gun grabbers are becoming bolder and in order to protect our Second Amendment freedoms, patriots need to remain vigilant.
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