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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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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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