A veritable herd of Florida RINOs are busy throwing Florida gun owners under the proverbial bus in a bid to pander to voters angry about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano (R) has stated that he favors gun control.
“You have a history in the state of trying to be very balanced in the approach of the Second Amendment,”
“There are also political realities that we have to consider. I think taking these steps are what we need to be doing now.”
Mr. Galvano wants to restrict all long gun purchases across the State to 21-years-of-age and create a mandatory three-day waiting period for all long guns purchases. Oh and ban bump stocks.
Mr. Glavano also wants to remove the exemption Florida Conceal Carry Permit Holders on the State Waiting Period and make all permit holders go through a three-day waiting period.
Lastly, Mr. Galvano wants to give law enforcement the power to seize firearms from individuals that have been Baker Acted and hold those firearms until the individual is “deemed” no longer a threat.
[NB: “Baker acting” a person doesn’t require a court order; a citizen’s civil rights can be violated without prior notice.)
Eric Friday of Florida Carry said that the idea of what Bill Galvano wants to push is a “non-starter” and will draw a lawsuit.
As previously mentioned, prominent Republican Donor Al Hoffman Jr. has stated that he will not support any Pro Second Amendment candidates. It appears his threat might already be carrying weight through the Florida GOP.
Sen. Dennis Baxley (R, left) and Senate Judricary Commitee Chair Gred Steube (R, right) have capitulated to the pressures of the gun Ggrabbers.
Sen. Baxley was in the process of re-introducing his Campus Carry bill that would allow teachers and staff of K-12 school with CCW permits to carry on campus and protect their students. The has now been pulled from the committee.
Sen. Baxkey stated:
“The chairman of the Judiciary Committee [Sen. Greg Steube (R)] and I have concurred and agreed that the best thing for us is to pull it off of the agenda at this point,”
“We’re not ready for this discussion. We want to fully investigate every option that we have to deal with school safety.”
Marco Rubio, Florida’s Republican Voice in Congress has also sided with gun control advocates, saying that the State Legislature should look at Democrat backed ‘red flag” style gun laws.
Sen. Rubio told Miami’s CBS 4 Sunday morning show that state legislators should “absolutely” look at enacting a SB-530; which would enable law enforcement officials and citizens to get a restraining order to remove guns from a person who is reported to law enforcement as a danger.
Sen. Rubio told Miami CBS affiliate WFOR that it’s an “example of a state law” that could have helped prevent the Florida shooting.
Risk Protection Orders; Creating the “The Risk Protection Order Act”; authorizing risk protection orders to prevent persons who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms; requiring law enforcement agencies to develop certain policies and procedures by a certain date; requiring the termination of a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm that is held by a person subject to such an order, etc.
This bill is authored by Sen. Audrey Gibson (D). It’s in line with Sen. Bill Galvano and Sen. Rubio’s public support for the artist formerly known as a Gun Violence Restraining Order,
Lastly, Brian Ballard, a powerful lobbyist who was a major fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s campaign and close to Florida Governor Rick Scott stated that Florida Republicans are under a pressure to act and that young voters could be a pivotal swing in the 2018 election.
“It’s always easy to throw out the gun issue if you want to demagogue. I do think politicians are going to be in trouble if they don’t react to make sure schools are safe and to make sure our criminal justice authorities are talking to each other.”
With busloads of students across the State riding to the State Capitol and the Leon County School Board excusing all absences from students on Wednesday to protest at the Capitol…
Ballard is very much correct in that gun rights are being made a target and that law makers are under fire. What’s surprising is how quickly they’ve abandoned their oaths to defend their constituency’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.