Tomorrow is primary election day in Florida. This past Legislative session, the majority of the Florida Republican party sided with gun-grabbers and pushed SB 7026 through into law. The post-Parkland bill will strip Floridians between eighteen to twenty-one years of age of their Second Amendment rights, impose a mandatory waiting period on long gun purchases, and outlaws any “rate-increasing devices” come October 1st.
The majority of those who voted in favor of this bill are term limited out, but not all of them. Some are running to keep their seats.
House District 50 (Oralndo Area) Rene Plasencia (R) voted in support of SB 7026 this past session and is being challenged by George Collins in the primary. During his 2014 campaign, he praised Governor Rick Scott on “gun rights, economics, taxes, and pro-growth strategies.” That was before he voted to restrict Floridians’ rights this year.
House District 52 (Melbourne Area) Thad Altman (R) voted in support of SB 7026 this past session and is being challenged by Matt Nye in the primary. Originally a member of the Brevard County Commission, Altman has been a career politician, jumping from public office to public office since 1984. He’s been a member of the Florida House, then the Florida Senate, and went back to the House again when he was term limited out in the Senate. Altman voted in support of a gun control bill in 2013 and he voted in support of one in 2018 too.
House District 116 (Doral/Miami Area) Daniel Perez (R) voted in support of SB 7026 this past session and is being challenged by Frank Polo in the primary. A newcomer to the Florida House, Perez won a special election for the seat on September 26, 2017 and one of his first acts in office was supporting a gun control bill.
Senate District 4 (Jacksonville Area) Aaron Bean (R) voted in support of SB 7026 this past session and is being challenged by Carlos Slay in the primary. Another career politician, Bean has been in office since 2000, starting in the Florida House and then jumping over to the Senate in 2012. Running on a strong Anti-Illegal Immigration platform. He stated, “I know it feels good giving benefits away. We are giving so many benefits to non-citizens…does it matter even being an American citizen anymore?” I guess it must feel good for him to strip the Second Amendment rights of Floridians.