March 9th, 2018, a date which will live in infamy. You see, I never thought I would live to see it happen, but it’s happening. I’m not talking about Donald Trump as president, the Philadelphia Eagles beating New England, or even the fact that there’s a girl out there that likes me, thinks I’m amazing and wants to and I quote “kiss my cute face” (her words, not mine). I’m talking about the fact that the governor of Florida, Rick Scott managed to pull off the legislative equivalent of the 7-10 split in bowling…
What do I mean by that? Governor Scott managed to screw the GOP and the NRA at the same time.That takes some talent.
SB 7026 is ushering in the new normal of gun control under the sweeping guise of protecting the children. Lest we forget: the most effective gun bans of our time have been signed and supported by the GOP with the wherewithal of the NRA behind it, such as was done in 1986.
By the way, we made a terrific deal in 1986. We traded machineguns for the Firearm Owners Protection act, which nearly 32 years later still does not protect any firearm owner traveling in the states of California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Massachusetts nor does it cover commercial air travel (PANYNJ v Revell)
Golly, we sure got a great deal with that! One could say, the best deal. A tremendous deal. Nobody gets deals like this, America. Nobody. Believe me. People are telling me that they’re amazed. Simply amazed. About the tremendous deals we get.
I got a call today from an attorney in Florida whom I met while shooting an IDPA national match. He really liked how I had my shit together on gun laws asking me to take a look at a few things.
The first thing he sent me was a press release signed by four state representatives that said they had to ban bump stocks because they simulated full auto fire and that full auto fire has been illegal for decades. The second thing he sent me was a copy of the legislation, which at face value seems well thought out but the more I looked into it the more I found things I didn’t like. Click here and take a look.
For starters, line 500 and 1185 tell us that Law Enforcement Agencies must develop polices and procedures relating to seizure/storage/return of firearms taken under a protective order. IT DOES NOT SAY WHAT THAT POLICY SHOULD ENTAIL OTHER THAN IT SHOULD BE A POLICY. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office could ostensibly develop a policy that says all seized firearms will be loaded into a shipping container in a parking lot until they are claimed, and that policy would technically be in compliance with the law.
Line 678 tells us that persons younger than 21 shall not purchase a firearm from a retailer. This tells us something really insidious about life.
When a given group — in this case 18 to 21 year olds — ask for their rights to be taken away – the government will not ask questions or hesitate in giving them exactly what they asked for. The shooting at MSD High was on February 14th. It didn’t take the governor’s office a month to remove the constitutional rights of everyone above the age to vote but below the age to drink. That’s gotta be some kind of fucking record.
Line 715 tells us the entire state just got a three-day wait on any firearm unless you have a hunting license or a license to carry.
My personal favorite: line 736.
Despite there not having even been any evidence of a bump stock present by the defendant, the state has decided to pre-emptively ban any derivative device as a precautionary measure. Oh, and there’s no grandfather clause. The interesting thing is that the way it’s worded, it can also ban machine gun parts such as trigger packs and sears at the same time, despite them being federally legal.
I support the concept of a Risk Protection Order. In theory. But the implementation of this idea is problematic.
In line 1062, the accused has the burden of proof that they are not a danger to themselves or others to vacate an order. Whereas the state has the same burden of proof to get it to begin with. The accused will effectively have to prove a negative as a prerequisite to get the order rescinded. That’s a pretty big double standard.
Line 1110: “the respondent shall surrender firearms to the local LE agency upon issuance of a risk protection order.” What about firearms held in trust? NFA devices treated as firearms but are not firearms? Hmm?
The effective date for these changes? Immediate. Except in the case of bump stocks, you all have until October 1st to turn them in.
If you were 18 years old and in the middle of a lay away period for your Ruger 10/22? You’re up shit creek. If you were planning on getting a bump stock anytime soon? You’re in for a rude awakening.
Rick Scott — who carries an NRA A+ rating – just managed to sign an overly broad, unconstitutional feel good gun control bill not that different than the one NY state passed called the NY SAFE Act. He’s managed to pass a bill that contains laws that are nearly impossible to enforce, will yield very few arrests/prosecutions all under the guise of saving the children.
Does this mean that the governor’s mansion has the hardest working toilet seat in Tallahassee? It could just be because Rick Scott is full of crap. Or . . .
It could just be because Rick Scott is the greatest salesman ever and got the only candidate for governor A- rating from the NRA and they fell for it hook line and sinker.
Y’all can decide. I’m just gonna be over here selling some bump stocks.