As we reported earlier, there is a push to pass an “assault weapons” ban in Florida via a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution. This is being spearheaded by Ban Assault Weapons NOW (BAWN), a bipartisan group of gun-grabbers made up of Republican and Democrat authoritarians who want to see law-abiding Floridians disarmed.
Now their effort is gaining political ground and financial support.
Republican Party big wig donor Al Hoffman has joined the fray. After Parkland, he announced that he wouldn’t support any Republican candidate unless they back gun control. Republican officials like Rep. Brian Mast folded like a cheap suit.
Now Hoffman is throwing his money behind BAWN’s efforts.
As reported by The Atlantic;
BAWN has partnered with prominent Republican donor Al Hoffman and his gun control advocacy organization, Americans for Gun Safety Now!, which is made up almost entirely of Republicans who support an assault weapons ban. They have now formed a coalition, Do Something Florida! Under their division of labor, BAWN will handle the gathering of petition signatures needed to get on the ballot, and Americans for Gun Safety Now! will direct an education and advocacy campaign arguing the need for an assault weapons ban.
Here’s Americans for Gun Safety Now! list of Republican elected officials and major supporters.
If you click here, you can see their press release announcing that they’re joining BAWN to go after semi-automatic firearms in Florida. They’re dead-set on getting the required signatures needed to put this on the 2020 ballot.
Today, BAWN handed 200 petitions to the Broward County Board of Elections and launched a press conference to push their efforts. David Hogg and March for Our Lives were there, too.
Parkland shooting survivor and voting activist David Hogg and Gail Schwartz, whose 14-year-old nephew Alex Schachter was one of the 17 people murdered at the Parkland school on Feb. 14, 2018, spoke outside of the downtown Fort Lauderdale elections office.
Also present were Debbi Hixon, whose husband Chris Hixon was the school’s athletic director, and Mitch and Annika Dworet, parents of Nicholas Dworet, 17. Hixon, the educator, and Dworet, the student, were also killed that day.
“As Americans and Floridians we can come together to say that gun violence is not going to happen in the Sunshine State,” Hogg said. “Gun violence is a preventable issue. … The fact of the matter is, if you are using an assault weapon … you are hunting someone. You are not defending yourself.”
David Hogg – TwitterBAWN isn’t alone in their quest. Members of Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action visited Tallahassee last week where close to five hundred of the red-shirted gun grabbers scoured the halls of the capital, pushing their gun control agenda.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said roughly twice as many members of the organization showed up in Tallahassee for the advocacy day today than came to Florida’s capitol for the event in 2018.
They’re throwing their weight behind BAWN’s goal too. And don’t forget that BAWN has members in Florida’s government as well. Fred Guttenburg was hired by Agriculture & Consumer Services Commissioner, Nikki Fried to be part of her transitional team as she takes over the agency that handles Florida’s concealed weapons permits.
2020 is shaping up to be a hard fight for Florida gun owners. The gun-grabbers have bipartisan support. Senate President Bill Galvano (R) wrote the gun control bill that was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott last year and he took $200,000 from Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.
The House isn’t any better since House Speaker Jose Oliva gave Galvano’s SB 7026 a standing ovation when it passed last year and he’s doing much the same.
With President Trump on the 2020 ballot, Democrats will put every effort to get their voters to the polls. The 2018 midterms saw every ballot initiative pass the 60% threshold except for the one that would actually benefit home owners with an expansion in property tax breaks. Fasten your seat belts.