FL Democrat Candidate For Governor Pledges to Outlaw “Assault Weapons” By Decree If Elected

Gwen Graham Florida Governor Assault Weapons Ban Promise Decree

This past weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida’s four leading Democrat candidates for governor squared off against one another, trying to see which one could out-radical the others for their party’s nomination. Gwen Graham, a one-time member of Congress and the daughter of Florida’s former governor, Bob Graham, stole the show by making a bold proclamation.

If elected, she promised to ban ‘assault weapons’ via executive fiat in her first week in office.

“My commitment to you is action, not words. I have found a public safety statute that allows the Governor, whoever she may be, to sign an executive order for public safety reasons banning the sale of military assault weapons,”

And straight from her campaign website comes this:

“The Legislature has shown they’re not willing to act, and Adam Putnam isn’t even enforcing the weak background check laws we have today. I’m not willing to wait until the next tragedy. In my first week of office, I will issue a pair of executive orders to immediately ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and to implement universal background checks on all gun sales,” Graham said. “I have no doubt the NRA will sue me to stop these commonsense proposals — but, I’ve beat them before, and I’m going to beat them again as governor.”

The public safety statute that Graham is referring to is Florida Statute 14.022, which allows the Governor to take emergency action to quell violence during states of emergency.

14.022 Governor; emergency powers to quell violence.—
(1) The Governor of Florida is hereby authorized and empowered to take such measures and to do all and every act and thing which she or he may deem necessary in order to prevent overt threats of violence or violence, to the person or property of citizens of the state and to maintain peace, tranquillity, and good order in the state, and in any political subdivision thereof, and in any area of the state designated by the Governor.

(2) The Governor when, in her or his opinion, the facts warrant, shall, by proclamation, declare that, because of unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, or otherwise, a danger exists to the person or property of any citizen or citizens of the state and that the peace and tranquillity of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, or any area of the state designated by the Governor, is threatened, and because thereof an emergency, with reference to said threats and danger, exists. In all such cases when the Governor shall issue a proclamation as herein provided she or he shall be and is hereby further authorized and empowered, to cope with said threats and danger, to order and direct any individual person, corporation, association, or group of persons to do any act which would in the Governor’s opinion prevent danger to life, limb, or property, prevent a breach of the peace or the Governor may order such individual person, corporation, association, or group of persons to refrain from doing any act or thing which would, in the Governor’s opinion, endanger life, limb, or property, or cause, or tend to cause, a breach of the peace, or endanger the peace and good order of society, and shall have full power by appropriate means to enforce such order or proclamation.

(3) The Governor, upon the issuance of a proclamation as provided for in subsection (2), is hereby authorized and empowered to take and exercise any, either, or all of the following actions, powers, and prerogatives:
(a) Call out the military forces of the state (state militia) and order and direct said forces to take such action as in the Governor’s judgment may be necessary to avert the threatened danger and to maintain peace and good order in the particular circumstances.
(b) Order any sheriff or sheriffs of this state, pursuant to a proclamation as herein provided, to exercise fully the powers granted them, and each of them, under s. 30.15(1)(f) (suppress tumults, riots, and unlawful assemblies in their counties with force and strong hand when necessary) and to do all things necessary to maintain peace and good order.
(c) Order and direct the State Highway Patrol, and each and every officer thereof, to do and perform such acts and services as the Governor may direct and in the Governor’s judgment are necessary in the circumstances to maintain peace and good order.
(d) Authorize, order or direct any state, county, or city official to enforce the provisions of such proclamation in each and every and all of the courts in the state by injunction, mandamus, or other appropriate legal action.

(4) The Governor is hereby authorized and empowered to intervene in any situation where there exists violence, overt threats of violence to persons or property and take complete control thereof to prevent violence, or to quell violence or any disturbance or disorder which threatens the peace and good order of society.

(5) The powers herein granted are supplemental to and in aid of powers now vested in the Governor under the constitution, statutory laws and police powers of said state.

(6) The provisions of this section shall continue in full force and effect until otherwise amended.

It’s the bolded section above that prospective Maximum Leader Graham believes that she can use to issue an executive order that would ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines.

The only problem is she’s dead wrong. Florida Statute 14.022 doesn’t allow the governor or the state to usurp the peoples’ civil and constitutional rights, especially when there is no direct threat to the people or the state. This statute was created to allow the governor to suppress acts of rebellion, insurrection, rioting, looting, and other dire emergencies.

Here is an actual draft of the executive order Graham promises to issue:

She provides no definition of what would constitute and “assault weapon,” so we can assume just about any semi-automatic firearm would be at risk.

Additionally, Graham also wants to use the same power to institute universal background checks and end private sales of firearms.

The last time I checked, Floridians lawfully owning legal property and exercising their Second Amendment rights doesn’t constitute an emergency, especially the kind Graham would like to invoke using Statue 14.002. By declaring her intent to use tyrannical powers, she’s validating the very reason we have the Second Amendment; to defend ourselves against the evil inclinations of egomaniacal politicians like herself.

Gwen Graham Florida Governor Assault Weapons Ban Promise Decree

The Second Amendment was put into place by the Founders to prevent people like Graham from doing exactly what she’s proposing to do. What else would she deem a threat to the state and ban by diktat? Freedom of speech? Due process? I hope we never find out.


  1. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

    “By declaring her intent to use tyrannical powers, she’s validating the very reason we have the Second Amendment; to defend ourselves against the evil inclinations of egomaniacal politicians like herself”. This should be running as an ad on Florida tv 24/7

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      No, no, no.

      We want this lady to get the nomination. Then start running the ads.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “We want this lady to get the nomination. Then start running the ads.”


        That was the same strategy the Progressives used in the 2016 Pres. election.

        How did that work out for them?

    2. avatar billy-bob says:

      “Thank the good Lord Creedmoor is not an assault caliber.”


    3. avatar D. says:

      Gwen Graham is a perfect example of why we should be armed. She is the epitome of government tyranny.

    4. avatar frank speak says:

      their “excesses” will do them in….SOP for the democrats!……or anyone who thinks in a like manner….

  2. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

    She’s not serious about getting elected. No serious candidate could be that stupid.

    1. avatar Bloving says:

      I believe her with all my heart.
      The problem isn’t that she may be stupid – it’s that some really stupid voters will support her idea because they don’t know any better.
      It’s been a long time since the Democrat Party openly ran on a “civil rights are not for everyone” platform – okay, sure we all KNOW they hated our civil rights, it was just a long time since they had the ‘nads to actually say it.
      No. It doesn’t bring back fond memories of the Good Ol’Days.

      1. avatar Ing says:

        Going back to their historical roots, aren’t they.

        Except this time they’re blowing right past their old “don’t extend civil rights to those people” and straight to explicitly promising to REMOVE an existing civil right from everyone.

        Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think they’re the only major party in American history to ever do that.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Except this time they’re blowing right past their old “don’t extend civil rights to those people”…”

          That is *exactly* what she is doing.

          She literally cannot understand how any ‘good’ person would ever own such a gun so she’s quite happy to just write off ‘those people’ off and be done with it.

          We are no longer human beings to folks like her. We are to be despised.

          She doesn’t seem to understand just where that roads leads…

      2. avatar Wzrd says:

        I’ve actually heard radio ads in Marxland for Senate primary candidate Jerry Siegel that say, “vote socialist, vote for Jerry Siegel, Maryland’s Bernie”. That is insane to me, that people are openly running as socialists.

    2. avatar CC says:

      She is getting millions directly from gun control lobby and tens of millions indirectly from gun control ‘charities”

      1. avatar frank speak says:

        word is soros just dumped a bunch of money in Georgia….

    3. avatar Jimmy N Wright says:

      They’re called democrats. That doesn’t stand for smart.

  3. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Thankfully she doesn’t stand a prayer in heck of being elected. This women is retarded. Maybe an unacceptable word but no better description available. Broken brains in their heads.

    1. avatar KenW says:

      She did get me to donate $200 towards Adams campaign so he might thank her for that.

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      But will she win the nomination? I’d love to see her run, rather than some “sensible gun control” democrat.

      1. avatar Gator says:

        Jay, you better check your numbers. She’s a credible threat with name recognition:


        Rick Scott only beat Charlie Crist by 1.0% in 2014.

  4. avatar Joe R. says:

    As long as we’re doing ‘anything goes’, we’re going to do my version. I’m thinking of banning the whole POS (D) from this side of existence, per the rules of armed conflict (minus any Geneva Convention crap).

    1. avatar New Continental Army says:

      Hell yeah. Bring back Right of Conquest.

      1. avatar JQP says:


  5. avatar David Deplorable says:

    Illegal aliens kill more Florida residents than black rifles. Yet I don’t see Graham rushing to ban illegals.

  6. avatar Mark N. says:

    Eh, this ain’t nothing, mostly just posturing that she knows doesn’t stand a chance (but the optics are great for her constituency). Just wait until California Senator Kamala Harris runs fro president in 2020….now THAT will be a show!

  7. avatar Re-15 says:

    I could not get thru this entire article. Open the mental health facilities again , put this nut in one. Lock the door , toss the key. Blabering bunch of tyrannical bullshit. The 2nd Amendment shall stand. Those opposed will fall.

  8. avatar GS650G says:

    So Florida would be put in s permanent state of emergency. Send in troops then.

    1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      Yeah, the crazy loon would request U N troops. That would open a special season on invasive species.

      1. avatar rosignol says:

        Not gonna happen, and the UN would laugh at her if she asked.

    2. avatar Ray says:

      Now that would be very interesting. Since Florida also has a law that basically states that during a state of emergency, it is legal to carry a firearm for protection without the need of a permit/license during the duration of the emergency. So, declare a state of emergency to enact an assault weapons ban and the state gets defacto constitutional carry. Hehehehe. This could be fun to watch.

      1. avatar California Richard says:

        Remember, she’s an evil (D)…. She will institute a “limited state of emergency” to cherry pick what she wants without the hastle of consistency that would actually benefit people. What you’re proposing is something called a “real compromise” which I am to understand happens in constitutional republic. Tyrants don’t do “real compromise” with their subjects. Tyrants compromise your rights and seize your property. To a tyrant it makes perfect sense. To a tyrant in a party of tyrants that “sense” is common…. hence “it’s a common sense compromise law”.

        1. avatar frank speak says:

          just remember what happened in New Orleans….

      2. avatar Bob says:

        You can only carry for 48 hours after the State of Emergency was declared and it is concealed only.

        So Florida would have limited Constitutional Carry for two days and then back to folks being railroaded by Pam Bondi’s replacement.

    3. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Under her regime the swamp gators will get very fat when her volunteers start interning enemies of the state.

  9. avatar FedUp says:

    Is there anybody in the race with valid hope of being less evil than Scott?

    1. avatar Texan Trapped in FL says:

      Putnam seems like the best bet to me

  10. avatar Roger Elllison says:

    Wow…using her logic that said statue allows someone who is Governor to pretty much do anything they want what would be the limits on such power? Could she ban free speech(just call it hate speech)…ban churches(more hate right….against gays supposedly according to the left)….could she give the police the power to arrest and search without warrants? That would help against crime. How about allow the police to just seize any property…that would help poor people.

    I know(at least I hope) it’s a publiciity stunt but my God…..for any serious candidate for an office like Governor in one of the most populous states in the country to even suggest such a thing is sickening.

    I’m a Florida resident…if this clown was ever elected and pulled this shit it would spark a civil war down here. Gloves would be off. First….only South Florida blue county Sheriff’s would probably support this. I doubt the State Police would do anything. Any police agency trying to enforce it, any prosecutor who would try to charge anyone, any judge who would allow it too happen would be in for…well….let’s see a serious talking to.

    I know I’d be at the Governors residene the next day with thousands of other Floridians open carry laws be damned..proudly carrying one of my many “assault rifles” daring her or anyone else to “come and take it”.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      The Florida Republican Party would roll over and salivate at such a thought. Plenty of ‘Red’ County Sheriffs would happily enforce such laws. Grady Judd for sure. The Florida Sheriff’s Association is Anti-Gun and has fought to block Open Carry, Campus Carry, and even Concealed Carry.

      Florida has no ‘State Police’. There is the Highway Patrol, Department of Law Enforcement, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, Lottery Division of Security, Supreme Court Office of the Marshal, and Department of Corrections.

      All are different agencies, fall under different elected officials, and have different bosses with different political goals. Florida has no unified State Police and a good number of those agencies would have no problem violating your civil rights since they all fight for a larger piece of the political/financial pie and their heads all fight to be higher up than one another.

  11. avatar AlanInFL says:

    Now, that’s would be an impeach able act.

  12. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    I wonder if the Lefttard thinks she is running for queen of Florida,just another petty tyrant.

      1. avatar CC says:

        yeah because a politician joking about it, like Bush, Clinton, Truman and for that matter Churchill, is the dame as a Democrat gubernatorial candidate being serious about it.

        Graham is asserting she can on the day she is elected, suspend habeas corpus, Miranda, warrant protection etc for all Florida citizens is no joking matter

  13. avatar CZJay says:

    So called “universal background checks” has to be done in order for them to have a record of all sales to use for their database that will lead to registration and licensing.

    If she were to “outlaw” firearms she would be creating a public safety hazard for all law abiding residents. She would be making the entire state a ghetto, which is what socialist/communists want.

  14. avatar James W Crawford says:

    Off subject but has there been any information about the gun used to commit the Osmington Australia massacre?

    1. avatar CC says:

      well we do know the most murderous mass shooting of students in the world was with mini-14 ranch version in Norway, which is one of the most common and popular gun in Canada. That was certainly more killing than any shooting of student in the US. Of course the biggest US school shooting was with a pistol of the type that is the most common gun in the US.

      As far as Australia they have had a dozen mas murders since gun control, the one you mention was with gun, but they also had someone murder eight kids with a knife two years ago.

      I was born in NH. We have much less gun control than Florida and less mass murder than Australia.

  15. avatar Wood says:

    Wasn’t going to vote for her anyway, but hell yeah let the crazy roll! I don’t see the traitor Shady Rick beating out Nelson, and for once I’ll vote for Nelson if the choice is between him and Scott.

  16. avatar TyrannyOfEvilMen says:

    “It’s GOOD to be the king!”
    – History Of The World, Part 1

  17. avatar rt66paul says:

    She, like all anti firearm politicians, is shilling for the NWO, the really wealthy people behind the multinational corporations that fund this. The NWO does not want an armed populace, these are the same people that sent jobs overseas and allow companies in poor countries to knock-off items that have a copyright. This has made our country much weaker, we need to fight them wherever they are.

  18. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    Well if the executive thinks law works like that, it’s clearer how so many Fla police chiefs n similar think it’s their job to make policy. Your job is to implement policy. Perhaps, maybe, lead people to deeper understanding from the bully pulpit, that they will themselves implement a more enlightened policy.

    What was that she said? “You want somebody to beat down those BadThinkers for you: I’m your huckleberry.”

    Yeah, your policy preferences don’t matter at that point. You’re disqualified for not understanding your role.

  19. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

    Good luck. The legislature can pass such a bill and a governor can sign it into law as has been done here; but that does not vitiate the constitutions of the either the U.S. or Florida. This law is flat out unconstitutional on its face for its granting of carte blanche to the governor without any due process provided to those afflicted. She can sign whatever she wants and will be sued just as she expects.

    Not that any of it matters. She’s just grandstanding. She either won’t win, or she will and her stupid demagoguery-turned-power-grab will be slapped down by the courts. Still, these are the people whom the Framers warned us about and equipped us to resist.

  20. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    It’s obvious the democrat party is convinced that being blatantly anti-gun is the way to go now, their polls tell the that.

    The problem is, I don’t believe the polls, any of them, for any side.

    Please, everyone, go vote and…… Be Prepared !

  21. avatar JR Pollock says:

    We really should thank Justice J.P. Stevens for his op-ed. He opened the floodgates, and allowed the democrats to not only let the mask slip, but to tear it off and throw it away.

    For more than a century, the democrats have concealed their desire to disarm law abiding Americans by hiding behind the “rights of hunters”, “sporting purposes”, etc. Largely due to the destructive economic policies of FDR and the like, if you didn’t hunt, you’d starve to death. It’s the ONLY reason democrats have ever supported gun ownership.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      a lot of edible wildlife disappeared during the depression…and FDR had nothing to do with it…

  22. avatar ironicatbest says:

    Tie a rope around her neck, toss her in the swamp, Alligator bait.

  23. avatar Bob999 says:

    “I have found a public safety statute that allows the Governor, whoever she may be, to sign an executive order for public safety reasons banning the sale of military assault weapons,”

    Yep, sounds like she is going to order something very similar to Martial Law. I am sure that will go over well.

  24. avatar Hannibal says:

    In Ancient Rome, upon the overthrow of the monarchy, legend has it that an oath was sworn to by free citizens to resist anyone who again tried to rule Rome; essentially that anyone who tried to become a king could be killed by anyone with impunity.

    Seems dramatic but when you have politicians pledging, as part of their campaign platform, to become dictators under the guise of “emergency” powers, it starts to make sense.

  25. avatar CC says:

    Surprise! she has HUGE donations from gun control lobby -virtually all out of state

  26. avatar Eric says:

    Interesting part is right at the beginning,
    It clearly states “in the state of emergency”,
    She would have to declare a “state of emergency” in fl. PERMANENTLY, I just don’t see that happening lol,
    And I’m fairly certain that’s one point the goa and nra will go on,

    1. avatar Jim Bullock says:

      Fla-tator is just borrowing from Proconsul Cuomo-the-Younger’s playbook.

      Unable to force more gun control through even with the pervasive state patronage system, His (in)Sufficiency declared an emergency to weasel the SAFE act through via extra special shenanigans. More shenanigan-y than business as usual hereabouts, which is saying something.

      The “emergency” has never yet ended. Of course, the real “emergency” was that the news cycle spasm over events not in N Y would pass before Family Business there could exploit it … Letting a crisis go to waste, to coin a phrase.

  27. avatar cisco kid says:

    The Massachusetts State Attorney General (also a Woman) did exactly that and banned Assault Rifles by “decree” and the corrupt lower courts blessed her and the corrupt Supreme Court refused to hear the case. This is exactly why the Florida Woman running for Governor knows that she too can now get away with it. Even some 3rd world countries often have more breaks on power than the U.S. now does. Think you still live in a Democracy, hint Hill Jacks, you never have and toilet paper is worth more than the Constitution ever was. In other words wipe your ass with the Constitution its what its best used for.

  28. She has made her threat against citizens exercising their Second amendment right. As per the Declaration of Independence, Florida Citizens now have the “Right/Responsibility” to stop her.

  29. avatar Mark Webb says:

    By decree? It don’t work that way, sweetie!

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