Responding to the spree killing in Parkland, Florida, Sunshine State legislators are considering raising the age for the legal purchase of a long gun from 18 to 21.
The anti-freedom legislation is excepted to be unveiled this Thursday (Feb. 22, 2018). The proposal is being advanced by incoming Senate President Bill Galvano (R).
What is known is that 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, ban bump stocks, and he wants to remove the exemption Florida Conceal Carry Permit Holders have on the State Waiting Period and make all permit holders go through a three-day waiting period.
Marion Hammer, current NRA Lobbyist for Florida and past NRA President stated; “We cannot take a position on a piece of legislation that we have not seen . . .We have not seen a draft. We have not been told officially and, until we know, we cannot take a position.”
As a NRA Member and a Floridian, I wonder why the NRA hasn’t declared its opposition to the legislation which, as we’ve previously reported, contains a laundry list of measures that make a mockery of American’s gun rights and due process protections.
The NRA could have released a statement as simple as; We do not support any legislation that restricts the rights of the law abiding due to the actions of a criminal. Numerous laws already are on the books and none of them were enforced to be effective. In fact they were side stepped and all information thus far has shown that numerous faults lie with the Broward County School Board, Department of Social Services, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Thus, any additional knee jerk reaction with the restriction of Floridians’ civil and Constitutional rights is something we do not support or approve of.
Back in October, 2017, NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer supported the banning of bump fire stocks. Will the nation’s oldest civil rights organization once again sacrifice gun rights on the alter of irrational political expediency?
Watch this space.