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Florida Gun Control Activists Want to Put “Assault Weapons” Ban on the Ballot

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According to Dean Weingarten from Ammoland, anti-gun activists in Florida are campaigning to put an “assault weapons” ban amendment on the ballot for 2020.

Under this amendment, the future sale of nearly all semi-automatic rifles and some semi-automatic shotguns would be banned. Further, this amendment would require registration of “assault weapons” that are currently owned by certain gun owners.

Under the proposed state Constitutional amendment, assault weapons are defined as:

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a)Assault Weapons –For purposes of this subsection, any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun capable of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition–feeding device. This subsection does not apply to handguns.

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b)Semiautomatic –For purposes of this subsection, any weapon which fires a single projectile or a number of ball shots through a rifled or smooth bore for each single function of the trigger without further manual action required.

c)Ammunition–feeding device –For purposes of this subsection, any magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device for a firearm.

Weingarten makes an interesting point, however:

Nearly all .22 semi-automatic rifles, qualify under this definition. .22 semi-automatic rifles, as a class, may be the most common rifles in the United States. They having been in production and popular since the 1914.

Indeed, this “assault weapons” ban would cover weapons that have “been produced by every major and many minor firearms manufacturers.” The Ammoland writer notes that there are tens of millions of weapons that fall under the so-called “assault weapons” category and a ban on them could affect millions of gun owners:

There are tens of millions of them existing in the United States. Virtually all of them who use detachable magazines can accept magazines of more than 10 rounds; virtually all of them that use tubular fixed magazines accept over 10 rounds.

Weingarten also highlighted that the referendum excludes handguns. He gave his reasoning behind the decision to keep handguns out of the proposed ban:

The Supreme Court, in the Heller decision, specifically held that handguns were arms protected by the Second Amendment.  In addition, handguns are extremely popular in Florida, as is concealed carry.  Florida currently has about two million active concealed carry permits.

So far, the organizers of the Florida referendum have gathered 100,000 signatures.

To put a Constitutional amendment up for a vote, they need at least 76,620 signatures to have the ballot title and summary to be approved by the Secretary of the State. Then, the organization has to collect another 666,200 valid signatures to put the measure on the ballot for the 2020 election.

Once the measure is placed on the ballot, 60% of the voters have to approve the measure in order for it to become an amendment of the Florida Constitution.

Although Florida passed solid legislation arming teachers, the political climate in the state has reached a boiling point since the 2018 Parkland shootings.

Civilian disarmament activists recognize that firm Republican control of the Florida State Legislature will keep them from passing anti-gun legislation. Instead, they’ll put it on the ballot where they can deceive misguided voters come election time.

 

 

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Bronx Bobblehead AOC Believes that the Current Budget Cut to NYPD is Not Enough

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On June 30, 2020, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that New York City’s budget cuts to the police department were not sufficiently adequate, declaring that “defunding police means defunding police.”

“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” the congresswoman remarked in a statement.

The defund the police meme has caused some debate in Democrat circles. Some Democrats believe that the phrase shouldn’t be taken literally and is only a slogan for police reforms.

“It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”

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On June 30, the New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio came to a deal to slash $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget.

“We’re acting on that call for justice. I believe it is our mission to redistribute resources to those who need them the most,” de Blasio stated, “This is real redistribution.”

Activists that agree with AOC’s radical anti-cop reforms said they won’t put up with any plan that merely reallocates money and does nothing to substantially gut police departments.

“No funny math. No budget musical chairs,” radical anti-law enforcement activists said in a letter on June 30 to the mayor and council. “We’ll know if you fought for our communities or whether you will let the NYPD continue to be treated as if they’re above the law, even in the budget.”

New York City is currently suffering from a $9 billion shortfall in revenue due to the Wuhan virus shutdowns.

New York is already an anti-gun state, with a ranking of 51st place according to Guns & Ammo magazine.

Defunding the police will only make New York City less secure and leave New Yorkers with virtually no options left for security.

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